Vexation Vex*a"tion, n. [L. vexatio: cf. F. vexation.] 1. The act of vexing, or the state of being vexed; agitation; disquiet; trouble; irritation. [1913 Webster]

Passions too violent . . . afford us nothing but vexation and pain. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

Those who saw him after a defeat looked in vain for any trace of vexation. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. The cause of trouble or disquiet; affliction. [1913 Webster]

Your children were vexation to your youth. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A harassing by process of law; a vexing or troubling, as by a malicious suit. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Chagrin; agitation; mortification; uneasiness; trouble; grief; sorrow; distress. See {Chagrin}. [1913 Webster]

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