Protrope (pro-tro’-pe): A call to action, often by using threats or promises.

If you’ll just help me hide this cash, I promise to let you have some. We’ve been friends since high school. I’d hate to see that go by the wayside now. Here’s a shovel. We’re going to hide the money in your garden. Come spring, we’ll be harvesting some bundles of lettuce. Ha! Ha! Stop looking at me like that and start digging. This pistol isn’t pointed at you anyway–it’s just pointed in your general direction. Just start digging before I change my mind and bury you instead of the money.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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