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Érrour. n.s. [error, Latin.]

  1. Mistake; involuntary deviation from truth.

    Errour is a mistake of our judgment giving assent to that which is not true. Locke.

        Oh, hateful errour, melancholy's child!
    Why do'st thou shew to the apt thoughts of men,
    The things that are not?
    Shakespeare's. Jul. Cæsar.

  2. A blunder; an act or assertion in which a mistake is committed.

                  In religion,
    What damned errour, but some sober brow
    Will bless it.
    Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.

    He look'd like nature's errour, as the mind
    And body were not of a piece design'd,
    But made for two, and by mistake in one were join'd.
    Dryd.

  3. Roving excursion; irregular course.

    What brought you living to the Stygian state?
    Driv'n by the winds and errours of the sea,
    Or did you heav'n's superiour doom obey?
    Dryden's Æn.

  4. [In theology] Sin.

    Blood he offered for himself, and for the errours of the people. Heb. ix. 7.

  5. [In law, more especially in our common law.] An errour in pleading, or in the process; and the writ, which is brought for remedy of this oversight, is called a writ of errour, which lies to redress false judgment given in any court of record. Cowel.

Sources: Cowell, John (42) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Hebrews (6) · Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (42) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83)

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