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Err

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Verb (intransitive)

CIDE DICTIONARY

Errv. i. [F. errer, L. errare; akin to G. irren, OHG. irran, v. t., irr, v. i., OS. irrien, Sw. irra, Dan. irre, Goth, aírzjan to lead astray, airzise astray.].
  •  To wander; to roam; to stray.  Keble.  [1913 Webster]
    "What seemeth to you, if there were to a man an hundred sheep and one of them hath erred."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To deviate from the true course; to miss the thing aimed at.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To miss intellectual truth; to fall into error; to mistake in judgment or opinion; to be mistaken.  [1913 Webster]
    "The man may err in his judgment of circumstances."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To deviate morally from the right way; to go astray, in a figurative sense; to do wrong; to sin.  [1913 Webster]
    "Do they not err that devise evil?"  [1913 Webster]
  •  To offend, as by erring.  [1913 Webster]

OXFORD DICTIONARY

Err, v.intr.
1 be mistaken or incorrect.
2 do wrong; sin.

Idiom
err on the right side act so that the least harmful of possible errors is the most likely to occur. err on the side of act with a specified bias (errs on the side of generosity).
Etymology
ME f. OF errer f. L errare stray: rel. to Goth. airzei error, airzjan lead astray

THESAURUS

Err

backslide, be in error, be mistaken, be wrong, blunder, bungle, commit sin, degenerate, deviate, divagate, do amiss, do wrong, drift, excurse, fall, fall into error, foozle, go adrift, go amiss, go astray, go awry, go wrong, goof, judge amiss, lapse, meander, misappreciate, misbelieve, miscalculate, miscompute, misconjecture, misconstrue, misdeem, misesteem, misestimate, misevaluate, misinterpret, misjudge, misreckon, miss, miss the mark, misthink, misvalue, offend, pererrate, ramble, rove, serve Mammon, sin, slip, slip up, snake, straggle, stray, stumble, transgress, trespass, trip, twist, twist and turn, wander, wind

ROGET THESAURUS

Err

Vice

VB be vicious, sin, commit sin, do amiss, err, transgress, misdemean oneself, forget oneself, misconduct oneself, misdo, misbehave, fall, lapse, slip, trip, offend, trespass, deviate from the line of duty, deviate from the path of virtue, take a wrong course, go astray, hug a sin, hug a fault, sow one's wild oats, render vicious, demoralize, brutalize, corrupt.

Error

VB be erroneous, cause error, mislead, misguide, lead astray, lead into error, beguile, misinform, delude, give a false impression, give a false idea, falsify, misstate, deceive, lie, err, be in error, be mistaken, be deceived, mistake, receive a false impression, deceive oneself, fall into error, lie under error, labor under an error, be in the wrong, blunder, misapprehend, misconceive, misunderstand, misreckon, miscount, miscalculate, play at cross purposes, be at cross purposes, trip, stumble, lose oneself, go astray, fail, be in the wrong box, take the wrong sow by the ear, put the saddle on the wrong horse, reckon without one's host, take the shadow for the substance, dream.


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