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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
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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Examples from the web for errs
  • The film's ending errs slightly on the side of excessive sunniness, but almost all the rest of it is admirably understated.
  • In life, too often the scholar errs with mankind and forfeits his privilege.
  • In life too often the scholar errs with mankind and forfeits his privilege.
  • Academics are more likely to get grants, or tenure, if their research errs on the side of breadth.
  • Everybody errs on some side and almost everybody errs on the side of caution.
  • In an attempt to present a broad range of selections, the core list errs toward the inclusive.
  • The system errs on the side of mediocrity and makes too much allowance for consumerism.
British Dictionary definitions for errs

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 errs

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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