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premise - assumption; postulate; proposition upon which an argument is based
throes - violent anguish
sober - serious; solemn; not drunken; abstemious or temperate; V: make or become sober
avalanche - great mass of falling snow and ice
deviate - turn away from (a principle, norm); move away from an accepted standard; swerve; depart; diverge; N. deviation; Ex. deviation of the path of light by a prism
goad - urge on; drive with a goad; cause (someone) to do something by continued annoyance; Ex. They goaded him into doing it by saying he was a coward; N: sharp-pointed stick for driving cattle; stimulus; CF. annoy continually
ballast - heavy substance used to add stability or weight; V. supply with ballast
shove - push forward; push roughly; Ex. pushing and shoving to get on the bus; N.
polemic - attack or defense of an opinion; controversy or refutation; argument in support of point of view; N. polemics: art of debate or controversy
salutary - tending to improve; beneficial; wholesome; Ex. The punishment had a salutary effect on the boy; CF. health