err

[ur, er]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to go astray in thought or belief; be mistaken; be incorrect.
  2. to go astray morally; sin: To err is human.
  3. Archaic. to deviate from the true course, aim, or purpose.

Origin of err

1275–1325; Middle English erren < Old French errer < Latin errāre; akin to Gothic airzjan, Old High German irrôn, German irren
Related formserr·a·bil·i·ty, nounerr·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedair e'er ere err heirer err Ur

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Historical Examples of err

  • Deeply, however, did she err, and cruelly was she destined to be undeceived.

  • But I thought it better to err on the side of inclusion than on that of exclusion.

    Aino Folk-Tales

    Basil Hall Chamberlain

  • Yes, but do not persons often err about good and evil: many who are not good seem to be so, and conversely?

  • And let us be careful, for I think that the danger will be very serious if we err on this point.

  • For be assured that if I err in my own conduct I do not err intentionally, but from ignorance.

    Gorgias

    Plato


British Dictionary definitions for err

err

verb (intr)
  1. to make a mistake; be incorrect
  2. to stray from the right course or accepted standards; sin
  3. to act with bias, esp favourable biasto err on the side of justice

Word Origin for err

C14: erren to wander, stray, from Old French errer, from Latin errāre
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Word Origin and History for err
v.

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.

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