They were tired, and under the guise of unselfishness they wrangled.
1. guise [gaɪz] (n.) [ formal ] the way someone or somethng appears to people
Example: Revolutions come in many guises.
under/ in the guise of looking like someone or something else, or pretending to be them
Example: This is a country where reporters have to visit in the guise of tourists.
2. wrangle (v.) to argue about something for a long time, especially in an angry and unpleasant way
〝Oh, dear!〞 breathed the little old lady, and shuddered as if all the winds of heaven had entered the apartment.
3. shudder (v.) if you shudder, your body suddenly shakes, for example because you suddenly feel cold or frightened
Example: She shuddered slightly at the memory.
I shudder to think used for saying you do not want to think about something because it is very unpleasant
Example: I shudder to think what my parents will say when they see the bill.
shudder at ( phrasal vb ) to be shocked by something
(n.) a quick uncontrolled shaking movement
Example: A shudder went through the crowd when they realized the danger the young man was facing.
〝A smell! a true Florentine smell! Every city, let me teach you, has its own smell.〞
〝Is it a very nice smell?〞 said Lucy, who had inherited from her mother a distaste to dirt.
4. inherit [ɪnˋhɛrɪt] (v.) to be born with the same appearance or character as one of your parents
Example: The boys inherited Derek's gook looks.
(v.) to receive property or money from someone who has died
Example: He inherited the business from his father.
(v.) to have responsibility for a situation that someone has started and left for you to deal with
Example: the road buliding program we inherited form the previous government
(v.) to get something from someone who lived in your house or did your job before you
Example: I inherited Jane's desk and computer.
(v.) to have a belief, tradition, or way of life that you received from people who lived before you
Example: Many countries have inherited traditions of public service.
inheritance (n.) property or money that you receive from someone when they die
inheritance tax (n.) tax you pay on the money or property that you get from someone who has died
inherited (adj.) an inherited disease or quality is one that your parents passed to you through their genes
inheritor (n.) someone who inherits something
Girls like Lucy were charming to look at, but Mr. Beebe was, from rather profound reasons, somewhat chilly in his attitude towards the other sex, and preferred to be interested rather than enthralled.
5. profound (adj.) very great
Example: a profound change in the climate of the Earth
Example: The difference between the beginners and the intermediate class was profound.
Example: This is a scientific discovery of profound significance.
a profound effect/ influence/ impact
Example: My grandfather's death had a profound effect on my father.
(adj.) showing serious thought and wise ideas
(adj.) used about very strong feelings, especially negative ones
Example: Most of the divorced parents we interviewed said they had experienced guilt and a profound sense of failure.
profoundity (n.) [ formal ] the quality of being very wise and serious
(n.) seriousness or importance