Examples of err in a Sentence
I may have erred in my calculations.
The court erred in refusing to allow bail.
Recent Examples of err from the Web
The shooting range erred in letting patrons fire rifles and large caliber pistols near each other, without the right equipment to reduce high noise levels, according to the lawsuit.
But that doesn't mean the show hasn't gotten a fresh coat of paint, err, a new set of rules this season.
Leave it to these celebs to embrace their birthday suits in, err, very unique ways.
Levinson errs, though, in first making the choice to focus primarily on Paterno, and then failing to develop other aspects of the story that would have helped us understand why Paterno is feeling cornered and indecisive.
Coffee vendors in the Golden State will have to warn customers about a possibly cancer-causing chemical in everyone’s favorite morning drug—err, drink.
In practice, though, the equal in equal opportunity errs toward decorative.
The route to forgiveness is smoothest when it is paved with an acknowledgment that someone has erred, along with a request to be forgiven.
But activists erred in trying to ban it altogether.
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Is it human to err?
Many people are familiar with the word err from encountering it in the epigram “to err is human; to forgive, divine.” This phrase is found in Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Criticism, from 1711. Earlier expressions of the same sentiment exist, as in Thomas Jones’ 1678 book, Of the Heart, and its Right Soveraign, which contains the line “to err, is human, to recover, is Angelical; to persevere is Diabolical.”
Err is also often found in the phrase err on the side of caution, to suggest that being overly cautious is better than not being cautious enough.
Err stems from the Latin word errare, meaning “to stray, wander,” and it retained that meaning when it first entered English. We find the same Latin ancestor at the root of the words error, erratic, and erroneous.
drop the ball, lay an egg;
ERR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of err for English Language Learners
: to make a mistake
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