succor

[suhk-er]
noun
1.
help; relief; aid; assistance.
2.
a person or thing that gives help, relief, aid, etc.
verb (used with object)
3.
to help or relieve.
Also, especially British, succour.


Origin:
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

succorable, adjective
succorer, noun
nonsuccor, noun
unsuccorable, adjective
unsuccored, adjective

succor, sucker.


1, 3. support. 3. See help.


See -or1.
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succour or succor (ˈsʌkə)
 
n
1.  help or assistance, esp in time of difficulty
2.  a person or thing that provides help
 
vb
3.  (tr) to give aid to
 
[C13: from Old French sucurir, from Latin succurrere to hurry to help, from sub- under + currere to run]
 
succor or succor
 
n
 
vb
 
[C13: from Old French sucurir, from Latin succurrere to hurry to help, from sub- under + currere to run]
 
'succourable or succor
 
adj
 
'succorable or succor
 
adj
 
'succourer or succor
 
n
 
'succorer or succor
 
n
 
'succourless or succor
 
adj
 
'succorless or succor
 
adj

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succor
early 13c., from Anglo-Fr. succors "help, aid," O.Fr. sucurres, from M.L. succursus "help, assistance," from pp. of L. succurrere "run to help," from sub "up to" + currere "to run" (see current). Final -s mistaken as a plural inflexion and dropped late 13c.
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And he offered emotional succor long after the amorous flame had waned--not to mention demanding the same support for himself.
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