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vexation Syllabification: vex·a·tion
Pronunciation: /vekˈsāSH(ə)n/

Definition of vexation in English:


1The state of being annoyed, frustrated, or worried: Jenny bit her lip in vexation
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  • Isly bit her lip in vexation as tears poured down her cheeks.
  • Still, there are egregious cases of blatant exploitation of the suffering of victims which apparently evoke no outrage, no vexation among the supporters of the war.
  • He's gone back to staring at me, this time with far more vexation and hostility.
1.1Something that causes annoyance, frustration, or worry: the cares and vexations of life
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  • The man seemed to have grasped the essence of standing aloof from worldly anxieties and vexations.
  • I began to notice it about 10 years ago, in my early middle age, when the larger vexations of adulthood - don't get me started - were becoming real to me for the first time.
  • The technical difficulties encountered in the display of Net-based media are just part of the vexations that plague curators as they attempt to incorporate this work into a gallery setting.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin vexatio(n-), from vexare (see vex).

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