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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.
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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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Related Words for erred

stumble, misbehave, stray, miscalculate, blow, goof, deviate, lapse, flub, muff, snafu, blunder, trespass, misjudge, misapprehend, fall, offend, sin, wander, bollix

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British Dictionary definitions for erred

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
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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 erred

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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