errare humanum est

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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/, [ɛrˈräːrɛ huːˈmäːnʊ̃ˑ ɛs̠t̪]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /erˈra.re uˈma.num est/, [erˈräːre uˈmäːnum ɛst̪]
Headset icon.svg This entry needs audio files. If you are a native speaker with a microphone, please record some and upload them. (For audio required quickly, visit WT:APR.)

Proverb[edit]

errāre hūmānum est

  1. to err is human

Hyponyms[edit]