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erring

[ur-ing, er-] /ˈɜr ɪŋ, ˈɛr-/
adjective
1.
going astray; in error; wrong.
2.
Origin of erring
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; replacing Middle English errand. See err, -ing2
Related forms
erringly, adverb

err

[ur, er] /ɜr, ɛr/
verb (used without object)
1.
to go astray in thought or belief; be mistaken; be incorrect.
2.
to go astray morally; sin:
To err is human.
3.
Archaic. to deviate from the true course, aim, or purpose.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English erren < Old French errer < Latin errāre; akin to Gothic airzjan, Old High German irrôn, German irren
Related forms
errability, noun
errable, adjective
Can be confused
air, e'er, ere, err, heir.
er, err, Ur.
Synonyms
2. transgress, lapse.
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err

/ɜː/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to make a mistake; be incorrect
2.
to stray from the right course or accepted standards; sin
3.
to act with bias, esp favourable bias: to err on the side of justice
Word Origin
C14: erren to wander, stray, from Old French errer, from Latin errāre
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Word Origin and History for erring

err

v.

c.1300, from Old French errer "go astray, lose one's way; make a mistake; transgress," from Latin errare "wander, go astray, be in error," from PIE root *ers- "be in motion, wander around" (cf. Sanskrit arsati "flows;" Old English ierre "angry, straying;" Old Frisian ire "angry;" Old High German irri "angry," irron "astray;" Gothic airziþa "error, deception;" the Germanic words reflecting the notion of anger as a "straying" from normal composure). Related: Erred; erring.

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