(Er"o*teme) n. A mark indicating a question; a note of interrogation.
(||Er`o*te"sis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. a questioning, fr. to ask.] (Rhet.) A figure of speech by which a
strong affirmation of the contrary, is implied under the form of an earnest interrogation, as in the following
Must I give way and room to your rash choler?Shak.
Shall I be frighted when a madman stares?
(E*rot"ic E*rot"ic*al) a. [Gr. : cf. F. érotique. See Eros.] Of or pertaining to the passion of love; treating
of love; amatory.
(E*rot"ic), n. An amorous composition or poem.
(E*rot"i*cism) n. Erotic quality.
(Er`pe*tol"o*gist) n. Herpetologist.
(Er`pe*tol"o*gy) n. [Cf. F. erpétologie.] (Zoöl.) Herpetology.
(Err) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Erred ; p. pr. & vb. n. Erring ] [F. errer, L. errare; akin to G. irren, OHG.
irran, v. t., irrn, v. i., OS. irrien, Sw. irra, Dan. irre, Goth, aírzjan to lead astray, airzise astray.]
1. To wander; to roam; to stray. [Archaic] "Why wilt thou err from me?" Keble.
What seemeth to you, if there were to a man an hundred sheep and one of them hath erred.Wyclif
2. To deviate from the true course; to miss the thing aimed at. "My jealous aim might err." Shak.
3. To miss intellectual truth; to fall into error; to mistake in judgment or opinion; to be mistaken.
The man may err in his judgment of circumstances.Tillotson.
4. To deviate morally from the right way; to go astray, in a figurative sense; to do wrong; to sin.
Do they not err that devise evil?Prov. xiv. 22.
5. To offend, as by erring.
(Er"ra*ble) a. Liable to error; fallible.
(Er"ra*ble*ness), n. Liability to error. Dr. H. More.
(Er"ra*bund) a. [L. errabundus.] Erratic. "Errabund guesses." Southey.
(Er"ran*cy) n. [L. errantia.] A wandering; state of being in error.
(Er"rand) n. [OE. erende, erande, message, business, AS. ærende, ærend; akin to OS. arundi,
OHG. arunti, Icel. eyrendi, örendi, erendi, Sw. ärende, Dan. ærende; perh. akin to AS. earu swift, Icel. örr,
and to L. oriri to rise, E. orient.] A special business intrusted to a messenger; something to be told
or done by one sent somewhere for the purpose; often, a verbal message; a commission; as, the servant
was sent on an errand; to do an errand. Also, one's purpose in going anywhere.
I have a secret errand to thee, O king.Judg. iii. 19.
I will not eat till I have told mine errand.Gen. xxiv. 33.