(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. nuisance, annoyance; trouble; perplexity, worry. —v. t. irritate, pester, worry. See pain, adversity, discontent.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Trouble or worry]
Syn. vexation, fuss, inconvenience, anxiety; see care 2 .
2. [A cause of trouble or worry]
Syn. nuisance, problem, concern, care; see difficulty 1 , 2 , trouble 2 .
1. [To take trouble]
Syn. put oneself out, fret, go out of one's way, make a fuss about, fuss (over), take pains, make an effort, exert oneself, trouble oneself, concern oneself, be concerned about, worry about; see also try 1 , worry 2 .
2. [To give trouble]
Syn. annoy, plague, vex, pester, molest, irritate, irk, disturb, provoke, harass, badger, hound, heckle, aggravate, tease, goad, pursue, torment, torture, taunt, try one's patience, carp at, nag, hector, harry, exasperate, nettle, cross, exacerbate, intrude upon, interrupt, discommode, inconvenience, hinder, impede, bore, afflict, grate on, bedevil, beset, browbeat, tantalize, bug*, peeve*, get on one's nerves*, give one a pain*, drive one nuts*, drive up a wall*, put out*, gripe*, get one's goat*, put one's nose out of joint*, get under one's skin*, ride*, pick on*, needle*, get in one's hair*, hassle*, get on one's back*, noodge*, give one a hard time*, get on one's case*; see also disturb 2 .
Ant. help, please, delight.
3. [To be disturbing]
Syn. disturb, distress, upset, hurt, trouble, be the matter, displease, disconcert, worry, agitate, disquiet, perturb, discompose, embarrass, unsettle, discomfit, pain, grieve, bewilder, confuse, perplex, ruffle, mortify, chagrin, gnaw at, jar, make one lose sleep, discombobulate*, rub the wrong way*, go against the grain*, jangle the nerves*; see also sense 2.
Syn.- bother implies disturbance of one's peace of mind and may suggest mild perplexity or anxiety; annoy implies temporary disturbance of mind caused by something that displeases one or tries one's patience; vex implies a more serious source of irritation and greater disturbance, often intense worry; irk stresses a wearing down of one's patience by persistent annoyance; to tease is to annoy by persistent, irritating actions, remarks, or requests; plague suggests mental torment comparable to the physical suffering caused by an affliction
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
annoyance, irritation, burden, trouble, aggravation, inconvenience, pother, *pain, *headache, *pain in the ass, difficulty, nuisance.
1. annoy harass, trouble, pester, disturb, irritate, agitate, burden, vex, aggravate, distress, put out, irk, harry.
2. take the trouble inconvenience oneself, take pains, *go out of one's way, worry about.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To trouble the nerves or peace of mind of, especially by repeated vexations: aggravate, annoy, bug, chafe, disturb, exasperate, fret, gall2, get, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, provoke, put out, rile, ruffle, vex. Idioms: get in one's hair, get on one's nerves, get under one's skin. See FEELINGS, PAIN. 2. To impair or destroy the composure of: agitate, discompose, disquiet, distract, disturb, flurry, fluster, perturb, rock, ruffle, shake (up), toss, unsettle, upset. Informal: rattle. See CALM. II noun 1. Something that annoys: aggravation, annoyance, besetment, irritant, irritation, nuisance, peeve, plague, torment, vexation. See FEELINGS, PAIN. 2. The feeling of being annoyed: aggravation, annoyance, botheration, exasperation, irritation, vexation. See FEELINGS, PAIN. 3. Needless trouble: botheration, fuss, pother. See EASY.

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