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

If you don’t pick up your clothes, I’m going to take away your phone. I thought you’d learned after the lawn mowing failure incident when I locked you in the garage for a week. But no. Pick up the damn clothes you little bastard! I’ll count to ten and then it’s hand over the phone. 1 . . .

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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