495. Error.

495. Error.NOUN. error, fallacy; misconception, misapprehension, misstanding, misunderstanding; inexactness &c. adj.; laxity; misconstruction &c. (misinterpretation) 523; miscomputation &c. (misjudgment) 481; non-sequitur &c. 477; mis-statement, mis-report; mumpsimus.

mistake; miss, fault, blunder, quiproquo, cross purposes, oversight, misprint, erratum, corrigendum, slip, blot, flaw, loose thread; trip, stumble &c. (failure) 732; botchery &c. (want of skill) 699.; slip of the tongue, slip of the lip, Freudian slip; slip of the pen; lapsus linguæ [Lat.], clerical error; bull &c. (absurdity) 497; haplography.

illusion, delusion; snare; false impression, false idea; bubble; self-deceit, self-deception; mists of error.

heresy &c. (heterodoxy) 984; hallucination &c. (insanity) 503; false light &c. (fallacy of vision) 443; dream &c. (fancy) 515; fable &c. (untruth) 546; bias &c. (misjudgment) 481; misleading &c. v.

VERB. be erroneous &c. adj.

cause error; mislead, misguide; lead astray, lead into error; beguile, misinform &c. (misteach) 538.; delude; give a false impression, give a false idea; falsify, misstate; deceive &c. 545; lie &c. 544.

err; be in error &c. adj., be mistaken &c. v.; be deceived &c. (duped) 547; mistake, receive a false impression, deceive oneself; fall into error, lie under error, labour under an error &c. n.; be in the wrong, blunder; misapprehend, misconceive, misunderstand, misreckon, miscount, miscalculate &c. (misjudge) 481.

play at cross purposes, be at cross purposes &c. (misinterpret) 523.

trip, stumble; lose oneself &c. (uncertainty) 475; go astray; fail &c. 732; be in the wrong box; take the wrong sow by the ear &c. (mismanage) 699; put the saddle on the wrong horse; reckon without one’s host; take the shadow for the substance &c (credulity) 486; dream &c (imagine) 515.

ADJ. erroneous, untrue, false, devoid of truth, fallacious, apocryphal, unreal, ungrounded, groundless; unsubstantial &c. 4; heretical &c. (heterodox) 984; unsound; illogical &c. 477.

inexact, unexact inaccurate, incorrect; indefinite &c. (uncertain) 475.

illusive, illusory; delusive; mock, ideal &c (imaginary) 515; spurious &c. 545; deceitful &c. 544; perverted.

controvertible, unsustainable; unauthenticated, untrustworthy.

exploded, refuted; discarded.

in error, under an error &c. n.; mistaken &c. v.; tripping &c. v.; out, out in one’s reckoning; aberrant; beside the mark, wide of the mark, wide of the truth, way off, far off; astray &c (at fault) 475; on a false scent, on the wrong scent; in the wrong box, outside the ballpark; at cross purposes, all in the wrong; all out.

ADV. more or less.

PHR. Humanum est errare. [Lat.] {Proverb“It is human nature to err.” }.

Mentis gratissimus error. [Lat.] {Horace—Epistolæ. Bk. II. ii. 138. “Delightful error of the mind.” (See full quote below). }.

Pol! me occidistis, amici, / Non servastis, ait: cui sit extorta voluptas, / Et demptus per vim mentis gratissimus error. [Lat.] {Horace—Epistolæ. Bk. II. ii. 138. “By Pollux, friends, you have undone me, he says, you have not preserved me; whose pleasure is thus wrested from him, and the most delightful error of the mind taken by force.” }.

“Man on the dubious waves of error toss’d.” {William Cowper—Poem on Truth.}.

“To err is human, to forgive divine.” {Alexander Pope—An Essay on Criticism. Pt. II. 325.}.

“I tell him, if a clergyman, he lies! / If captains the remark, or critics, make, / Why they lie also—under a mistake. {George Gordon Byron—Don Juan. (See also Calderon, below). }.

“You lie—under a mistake— / For this is the most civil sort of lie / That can be given to a man’s face, I now / Say what I think.” {Calderon—El Magico Prodigioso. Sc. 1. (Translated by Shelley). }.

See also Tolstoy on the science delusion as it relates to good and evil in Phrases for Materiality.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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