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[suhk-er] /ˈsʌk ər/
help; relief; aid; assistance.
a person or thing that gives help, relief, aid, etc.
verb (used with object)
to help or relieve.
Also, especially British, succour.
Origin of succor
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English sucuren < Old French suc(c)urre, socorre < Latin succurrere to go beneath, run to help, equivalent to suc- suc- + currere to run (see current); (noun) Middle English soc(o)ur, back formation from sucurs (taken as plural) < Old French < Medieval Latin succursus, equivalent to Latin succur(rere) + -sus, var of -tus suffix of v. action
Related forms
succorable, adjective
succorer, noun
nonsuccor, noun
unsuccorable, adjective
unsuccored, adjective
Can be confused
succor, sucker.
1, 3. support. 3. See help.
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She could furnish names to the families interested and only asked for a few alms to succor the Pope in his needs.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
  • She must have heard and have known that people were there, trying to succor her.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • It was forbidden under pain of death to afford them harbor or succor.

  • They dashed after their new leader with only an instinct for shelter and succor.

  • He says it wasn't strong in the strength that saves; and love is always mighty to succor the weak-hearted.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
Word Origin and History for succor

early 13c., from Anglo-French succors "help, aid," Old French sucurres, from Medieval Latin succursus "help, assistance," from past participle of Latin succurrere "run to help," from sub "up to" + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Final -s mistaken as a plural inflexion and dropped late 13c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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