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 Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said Wednesday that a lower court erred by overturning the conviction of Sam Ukwuachu based on text messages between the victim and a friend that had not been allowed in trial.
Barty's low slice caused havoc, Williams erred on overheads and dumped make-able volleys into the net.
Shortly before KoKo was to give birth to her first child True Thompson, rumors (and, err, photos and videos) hit the internet that suggested Tristan had cheated on Khloé with multiple women.
Wochit Peoria didn't err in offering up to $2.6 million in subsidies to Huntington University and its landlord, a county judge ruled last week.
Los Angeles Times Ventura's police chief says his officers erred in not responding to reports of a transient scaring people in the city's boardwalk.
The Sixers continue to err on the side of caution with their franchise cornerstone who has played in just 94 career games since being drafted with the third overall pick in 2014.
While Bertans handled the incident with humor, Green said the officials erred in not tagging Bertans with a flagrant foul as well.
Kasowitz said Schecter also erred on denying the President's motion to dismiss or delay the case on First Amendment grounds.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'err.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
ERR Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up err? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).