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Err \Err\ ([~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Erred; p. pr. & vb. n. Erring (?; 277, 85).] [F. errer, L. errare; akin to G. irren, OHG. irran, v. t., irr[=o]n, v. i., OS. irrien, Sw. irra, Dan. irre, Goth, a['i]rzjan to lead astray, airzise astray.]

  1. To wander; to roam; to stray. [Archaic] ``Why wilt thou err from me?''

    What seemeth to you, if there were to a man an hundred sheep and one of them hath erred.
    --Wyclif (Matt. xviii. 12).

  2. To deviate from the true course; to miss the thing aimed at. ``My jealous aim might err.''

  3. To miss intellectual truth; to fall into error; to mistake in judgment or opinion; to be mistaken.

    The man may err in his judgment of circumstances.

  4. To deviate morally from the right way; to go astray, in a figurative sense; to do wrong; to sin.

    Do they not err that devise evil?
    --Prov. xiv. 22.

  5. To offend, as by erring.


Etymology 1 vb. (en-past of: err) Etymology 2

vb. (en-past of: er)

Usage examples of "erred".

Of late, Shingles had been playing the part of the calming voice in these nightly brawls, had been taking a diplomatic route in the hopes that Elastul's imprisonment of Torgar would prove a temporary thing, maybe even that Elastul would come to see that he had erred in capturing Torgar in the first place.

Perhaps the mercenary leader had erred in taking a certain relic from the renegade Do'Urden.

He believed that his under­estimation of his opponent alone had cost him that hit, that he had erred greatly.

Shoudra quietly asked, and there was great trepidation in her voice, for she knew that the marchion might have erred and badly.

I believe that perhaps your mother and I have erred in appreciating your positive vocation.

The EEC team may have erred in considering the polka dots nondangerous, but they also discovered no other incongruous life-forms.

Do you believe, perhaps, that we have erred in judging them so harshly?

How badly had he erred, how great a failure was his reign as the Kaliit of the elite and an•cient order.

How badly had he erred, how great a failure was his reign as the Kaliit of the elite and ancient order.

We have erred in underestimating her, and she has made not a single error to date.

Because, therefore, our forefathers erred very far with respect to the knowledge of the gods, through incredulity and through want of attention to their worship and service, they invented this art of making gods.

They say that it is not credible that the seventy translators, who simultaneously and unanimously produced one rendering, could have erred, or, in a case in which no interest of theirs was involved, could have falsified their translation.

For to that city belong also those who have erred from the faith, and introduced divers heresies.

And although they erred in a variety of ways, yet natural insight has prevented them from wandering from the truth so far that they have not placed the supreme good and evil, some in the soul, some in the body, and some in both.

And yet I erred, O Lord God, the Creator and Disposer of all things in Nature,-but of sin the Disposer only,-I erred, O Lord m.