- to go astray in thought or belief; be mistaken; be incorrect.
- to go astray morally; sin: To err is human.
- Archaic. to deviate from the true course, aim, or purpose.
Origin of err
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Examples from the Web for erred
He could have erred, failed, or cracked under pressure; he could have simply not connected with people.Can Heritage Foundation Posterboy Bono Save the GOP?
March 15, 2014
Asked if he thought he erred in the Petraeus matter by not telling Obama earlier, he said simply, “No.”Should Eric Holder Have Told Obama About the Petraeus Scandal Sooner?
November 19, 2012
Crowley also erred gravely in being excessively deferential to the president.Yes, The Debate Moderator Screwed Up. That's Life.
October 17, 2012
Finally, Obama, who erred badly in that 60 Minutes phrase, showed real and meaningful leadership yesterday at the UN.Obama and the World, and the Wrongheaded Right
September 26, 2012
But Emanuel, a brilliant tactician when it comes to the workings of government, erred.Rahm Emanuel Up Against a Teacher’s Strike
September 10, 2012
If I have erred, 'tis to worldly wisdom only that I have erred.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Would you not rather say to a brother, "I have erred; forgive me!"Biographical Stories
He knew that Hamish had not erred from any base self-gratification, but from love.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I have erred in trying to conceal my history in the manner I have.
And, if I haply had erred, to undo the wrong, and release you.Poems
William D. Howells
- to make a mistake; be incorrect
- to stray from the right course or accepted standards; sin
- to act with bias, esp favourable biasto err on the side of justice
Word Origin and History for erred
c.1300, from Old French errer "go astray, lose one's way; make a mistake; transgress," from Latin errare "wander, go astray, be in error," from PIE root *ers- "be in motion, wander around" (cf. Sanskrit arsati "flows;" Old English ierre "angry, straying;" Old Frisian ire "angry;" Old High German irri "angry," irron "astray;" Gothic airziþa "error, deception;" the Germanic words reflecting the notion of anger as a "straying" from normal composure). Related: Erred; erring.