vex [ veks ]
The word of the day is ‘vex’.
The word is a verb, i.e., it demonstrates an action or an occurrence.
Yes, the past form of the word is vexed.
3. Make (someone) feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried, especially with trivial matters.
1. She is a very good woman—very, but it’s prudent not to vex her.
2. Often, when I was a child, I wished to kill myself in order to vex others.
3. “I haven’t meant to vex you,” he said, as he stooped to kiss his mother.
4. “Vex not thyself,” said the old dame, as she saw him struggling with his sobs.
5. “Nay, you cannot vex me,” he answered, all warm again at the very sight of her.
Some synonyms of today’s word are:
afflict, agitate, annoy, displease, disquiet, disturb, embarrass, exasperate, gall, infuriate, irk, irritate, offend, peeve, perplex, rile, torment, abrade, aggravate, anger, chafe, depress, fret, harass, nettle, pester, pique, plague, provoke, rasp, trouble, upset, worry, get in one’s hair, get under one’s skin, give a bad time, give a hard time, tick off, inflame, enrage, chagrin, madden, perturb, try someone’s patience, get on someone’s nerves, ruffle, hound, rankle with, nag, frustrate, outrage, disgust, bug etc.
Some antonyms of this word of the day are:
aid, appease, calm, comfort, delight, ease, please, soothe, cheer, mollify
It is an excellent rule to be observed in all disputes, that men should give soft words and hard arguments; that they should not so much strive to vex as to convince each other.John Wilkins
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