- going astray; in error; wrong.
Origin of erring
- 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 erring
Still, Nutella seems highly aware of the importance of erring on the side of niche.How Nutella Conquered America
May 21, 2014
This is far too soft, but Woodward can be forgiven for erring on the side of caution.Oliver Stone’s Junk History of the United States Debunked
November 19, 2012
With nothing to trust, Spaniards are erring on the side of suspicion.Spain’s Baby-Snatching Scandal Focuses on Nun’s Alleged Role
April 11, 2012
He was ashamed to be there—ashamed to meet the desolate and, as he believed, erring sister.Night and Morning, Complete
May he not be worthier, at all events, than this soured temper and erring heart?Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
All his affection for his erring brother was uppermost, all his sympathy and pity.The Law-Breakers
From this I quote the following, which is by no means the most erring and most poisonous of their shafts.The Book of Khalid
Man contemplating the heavens is to regulate his erring life according to them.Timaeus
- 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 erring
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.