Definition of vexation in English:


Syllabification: vex·a·tion
Pronunciation: /vekˈsāSHən


  • 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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