the error of one's ways

noun phrase

Definition of the error of one's ways

: one's wrong actions or bad behavior Congress saw/recognized the error of its ways and repealed the law. He publicly acknowledged the error of his ways and asked for forgiveness.

Comments on the error of one's ways

What made you want to look up the error of one's ways? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

transposition of initial sounds of words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Word Puzzles

  • alt 57589b2b4c6a3
  • Which answer pairs best with each of the following words? living, estate, club, music, road, mile
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!