Verboticism: Threatentice

'Santa won't come unless you clean up your desk!'

DEFINITION: v. To inspire and motivate people to do great things, by issuing petty threats. n. A kind and gentle threat.

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: θretnentīs

Sentence: The boss is famous for his ability to threatentice his sales staff. "If you don't make time to get your paperwork done, I just might not have time to sign your commission checks" can be quite motivating.

Etymology: threaten (state one's intention to take hostile action against someone in retribution for something done or not done) + entice (attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage)

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