- 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 errs
Murray also errs in reducing educational attainment and professional success solely to genetic endowment.Charles Murray’s ‘Coming Apart’ and the Culture Myth
Ralph Richard Banks
February 8, 2012
Kaplan errs in not taking Sinatra, the actor, seriously enough.Sinatra's Unstoppable Voice
December 9, 2010
Why, yes, he said: how can any reasonable being ever identify that which is infallible with that which errs?The Republic
We do not see that Stith "errs" even "a little in the data."Colonial Records of Virginia
He errs, by himself, in maintaining that there is a belief where no belief exists.
Thus Novalis errs not in saying that 'we are near waking when we dream that we dream.'The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
The twenty-first book of the Cynthia errs in being overcharged with thought.Sir Walter Ralegh
- 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 errs
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.