error suggests the existence of a standard or guide and a straying from the right course through failure to make effective use of this.
mistake implies misconception or inadvertence and usually expresses less criticism than error.
dialed the wrong number by mistake
blunder regularly imputes stupidity or ignorance as a cause and connotes some degree of blame.
slip stresses inadvertence or accident and applies especially to trivial but embarrassing mistakes.
a slip of the tongue
lapse stresses forgetfulness, weakness, or inattention as a cause.
a lapse in judgment
Examples of error in a Sentence
I made an error in my calculations.
They uncovered several errors in his report to the committee.
The paper contains numerous spelling errors.
horrifying cases of hospital error
The shortstop was charged with an error.
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Middle English errour, from Anglo-French, from Latin error, from errare