[syn: annoyance, annoying, irritation, vexation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
Passions too violent . . . afford us nothing but
vexation and pain. --Sir W.
Those who saw him after a defeat looked in vain for
any trace of vexation. --Macaulay.
2. The cause of trouble or disquiet; affliction.
Your children were vexation to your youth. --Shak.
3. A harassing by process of law; a vexing or troubling, as
by a malicious suit. --Bacon.
Syn: Chagrin; agitation; mortification; uneasiness; trouble;
grief; sorrow; distress. See Chagrin.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: anger produced by some annoying irritation [syn:
annoyance, chafe, vexation]
2: the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed [syn:
irritation, annoyance, vexation, botheration]
3: something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of
unhappiness; "New York traffic is a constant concern"; "it's
a major worry" [syn: concern, worry, headache,
4: the act of troubling or annoying someone [syn: annoyance,
annoying, irritation, vexation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
133 Moby Thesaurus words for "vexation":
abomination, affliction, aggravation, agitation, all-overs, angst,
annoyance, anxiety, anxiety hysteria, anxiety neurosis,
anxious bench, anxious concern, anxious seat, anxiousness,
apprehension, apprehensiveness, atrocity, bad, bad news, bane,
bedevilment, befoulment, blight, bore, bother, botheration,
bothering, bothersomeness, bugbear, burden, calamity,
cankerworm of care, care, concern, concernment, corruption,
crashing bore, crushing burden, crying evil, curse, damage, death,
defilement, despoliation, destruction, detriment, devilment,
difficulty, disapprobation, disapproval, discontent, disease,
displeasure, disquiet, disquietude, dissatisfaction, distress,
disturbance, dogging, downer, drag, dread, evil, exasperation,
fear, foreboding, forebodingness, grievance, harassment, harm,
harrying, havoc, headache, hounding, hurt, ill, infection,
infliction, injury, inquietude, irking, irritation, malaise,
mischief, misgiving, molestation, nemesis, nervous strain,
nervous tension, nervousness, nuisance, open wound, outrage,
overanxiety, persecution, perturbation, pest, pestilence,
pins and needles, plague, poison, pollution, problem, provocation,
provoking, pucker, resentfulness, resentment, running sore,
scourge, solicitude, stew, strain, suspense, tension, the worst,
thorn, torment, toxin, trial, trouble, uneasiness, unquietness,
upset, venom, vexatiousness, vexing, visitation, woe, worriment,
worry, wrong, zeal
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
VEXATION. The injury or damage which, is suffered in consequence of the
tricks of another.