Epexegesis (ep-ex-e-ge’-sis): When one interprets what one has just said. A kind of redefinition or self-interpretation (often signaled by constructions such as “that is to say. . .”).

Promises are meant to be kept. That is, once made, they’re supposed to last forever. But I live in a world of change, and as change changes, I may be left holding onto a promise that may explode in my face and kill me.

What good are promises? They are only as good as their openness to revision where circumstances warrant their breaking.

Every promise should be unless, unless the promise is meant to be unkept. That is to say, when it is a lie.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

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