To unvex means “to reverse vex”, “to reduce, reverse, or remove vexation”, and to calm, comfort, console, enlighten, inform, reassure, and soothe.
Recall that vex is a transitive verb and is pronounced vĕks in enPR or /vɛks/ in IPA. Its third-person singular simple present indicative form is vexes, its simple past and past participle is vexed, and its present participle is vexing. One who is vexed is considered to be in a state of vexation. One who vexes is called a vexer.
Vex has the following definitions according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary:
- a: to bring trouble, distress, or agitation to
// the restaurant is vexed by slow service
b: to bring physical distress to
// example: a headache vexed him all morning
c: to irritate or annoy by petty provocations : HARASS
// example: vexed by the children
d: PUZZLE, BAFFLE
// example: a problem to vex the keenest wit
- to shake or toss about
Some synonyms of vex include: afflict, aggravate, agitate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, eat, exasperate, gripe, irk, irritate, peeve, pique, rile, ruffle, and torment.
The word “vex” usually implies great “provocation” and strong “disturbance” and “usually connotes anger but sometimes perplexity or anxiety” (Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary).
One of the definitions of the prefix un- means to “do the opposite of” or to “reverse (a specified action)”. This definition is used in verbs formed from verbs such as unbend, undress, and unfold (see Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary).
Thus, unvex means to do the opposite of vex or to “reverse vex” –– to calm, comfort, console, enlighten, inform, reassure, and soothe.
Someone who unvexes is an unvexer.
The word vex is a beautiful word because it is short and has many deep and interesting meanings. There is a variety of ways to vex someone.
The word unvex means to do the opposite of vex, so unvex also has many deep and interesting meanings and is also quite beautiful. There is also a variety of ways to unvex someone.