verb (used without object)
Origin of err
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?|James Poulos|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|James Warren|November 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Crowley also erred gravely in being excessively deferential to the president.Yes, The Debate Moderator Screwed Up. That's Life.|Megan McArdle|October 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Finally, Obama, who erred badly in that 60 Minutes phrase, showed real and meaningful leadership yesterday at the UN.
But Emanuel, a brilliant tactician when it comes to the workings of government, erred.
I have erred and am distraught in wretched and helpless ruin.The Argonautica|Apollonius Rhodius
Of course, you know, I erred through ignorance, and yet ignorance is no excuse.The Ranch Girls in Europe|Margaret Vandercook
Signor Maffei only erred in admiring me and my writings beyond their merits.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi|Count Carlo Gozzi
But they erred when they exalted poverty as of itself commending them in a peculiar degree to the mercy of God.A Short History of Monks and Monasteries|Alfred Wesley Wishart
Now and again, however, it chanced that even when he erred, the truth was still discovered.Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes|Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Word Origin for err
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.