Adjective "err" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Be mistaken or incorrect; make a mistake.
  1. 'He erred in discussing details of the case publicly, and in ringing one of the parties to the case to press her to give up her court defence and return a child to his parents.'
  2. 'I'll even shout out when I believe the company has erred in its judgement.'
  3. 'Firstly, Watson claimed that rival Jones had erred in linking the illness to Thompson's form slump.'
  4. 'The army denied the curfew was lifted, but said an initial inquiry ‘indicates that the force erred in its action’.'
  5. 'The Supreme Court ruled last December that the Surrey School Board erred in disallowing the books in the classroom.'
  6. 'I think that as a field, psychology has erred in both ignoring food choice, and in studying food intake in nonoptimal ways.'
  7. 'I believe that the Government has erred in not making those adjustments, which would have meant tax reductions for all taxpayers.'
  8. 'We say, in this case, that there are three reasons why this Court should find that the Court of Criminal Appeal erred in the exercise of its function.'
  9. 'He has done a good job as far as trying to protect us, but we think he erred in these areas, and we feel we can do better, because our strengths are what they are.'
  10. 'The accused appealed on the ground, inter alia, that the trial court erred in refusing the application.'
  11. 'the erring brother who had wrecked his life'
  12. 'This is so evident from the faulty officiating in games down to the determination of penalties and punishment given to erring players.'
  13. 'An official assured that the issues of illegal towing of the vehicles by the traffic constables will be looked into and action will be taken against erring officials.'
  14. 'Our Chief Minister must initiate bold disciplinary measures against erring individuals.'
  15. 'It will have the power to initiate legal proceedings against erring officials and police personnel, for which their service rules will be suitably amended.'
  16. 'Chocolate cake can be dry and this one was certainly erring that way.'
  17. 'They erred by seeking the wrong righteousness, not by the act of seeking.'
  18. 'This is the week when the police need to remind erring journalists that the pen might be mightier than the sword, but a lathi can break the pen and the hand that holds it.'
  19. 'Committed journalists teaming up with activists have exposed erring doctors, only to find that the police are not permitted to take action.'
  20. 'The refresher course was more a corrective system to erring professional drivers.'
  21. 'Court orders should be treated with all seriousness and sanctity and courts should not let erring officials go unpunished.'

More definitions

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.

More examples(as adjective)

"sizes can be err on sides."

"sizes can be err."

"editors can be err."


Middle English (in the sense ‘wander, go astray’): from Old French errer, from Latin errare ‘to stray’.


err on the right side
err on the side of
to err is human, to forgive divine