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 for vexing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vex \Vex\ (v[e^]ks), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vexed (v[e^]kst); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Vexing.] [F. vexer, L. vexare, vexatum, to
     vex, originally, to shake, toss, in carrying, v. intens. fr.
     vehere, vectum, to carry. See Vehicle.]
     1. To toss back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet.
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              White curl the waves, and the vexed ocean roars.
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     2. To make angry or annoyed by little provocations; to
        irritate; to plague; to torment; to harass; to afflict; to
        trouble; to tease. "I will not vex your souls." --Shak.
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              Ten thousand torments vex my heart.   --Prior.
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     3. To twist; to weave. [R.]
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              Some English wool, vexed in a Belgian loom.
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     Syn: See Tease.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: extremely annoying or displeasing; "his cavelier curtness
             of manner was exasperating"; "I've had an exasperating
             day"; "her infuriating indifference"; "the ceaseless
             tumult of the jukebox was maddening" [syn:
             exasperating, infuriating, maddening, vexing]
      2: causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping an annoying rhythm
         on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is particularly
         bothersome near the airport"; "found it galling to have to
         ask permission"; "an irritating delay"; "nettlesome
         paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito"; "swarms of pestering gnats";
         "a plaguey newfangled safety catch"; "a teasing and
         persistent thought annoyed him"; "a vexatious child"; "it is
         vexing to have to admit you are wrong" [syn: annoying,
         bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky,
         pestering, pestiferous, plaguy, plaguey, teasing,
         vexatious, vexing]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  34 Moby Thesaurus words for "vexing":
     aggravating, annoying, bothering, bothersome, disturbing,
     exasperating, galling, harassing, harassment, importunate,
     importune, irking, irksome, irritating, pesky, pestering,
     pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, plaguesome, plaguey,
     plaguing, provocation, provoking, teasing, tiresome, tormenting,
     troublesome, troubling, vexation, vexatious, wearisome, worrisome,

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