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
Caraux erred when his weak clearance attempt in the 46th minute fell to Ledesma’s feet inside the penalty area.
Miami erred early on during a 6-0 loss to Philadelphia in front of 5,941 at Marlins Park, and Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola made sure the blunders were highlighted with 7 1/3 shutout innings.
Courts have found that the trial judge did not err in allowing Moody to represent himself.
The court determined that Williams erred in certifying Lamborn's petition for the 5th Congressional District.
Chapman argued Swartz was killed by the first volley and erred by continuing to fire when Elena Rodriguez was still on the ground.
Starting from their own 20-yard line with one timeout, Johnny Football went to work....err or at least tried to.
Gira acknowledged that when trustees approved the ordinance to make the position full-time there was no language specifically requiring record-keeping on the part of the mayor, and that the board may have erred in not including that.
Iowa State University history professor Stacy Cordery said most people will forgive an erring man when his wife stands by him.
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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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