errare humanum est

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Latin[edit]

To err is human.

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The beginning of a longer Latin saying: "Errare humanum est, perseverare autem diabolicum." It translates to: "To err is human, but to persist [in error] is diabolical." The saying is often attributed to Seneca but not attested in his works.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /erˈraː.re huːˈmaː.num est/, [ɛrˈraː.rɛ huːˈmaː.nʊ̃ˑ ɛst̪]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /erˈra.re uˈma.num est/, [ɛrˈraː.rɛ uˈmaː.num ɛst̪]

Proverb[edit]

errāre hūmānum est

  1. to err is human

Hyponyms[edit]