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succor

[suhk-er] /ˈsʌk ər/
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
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.
Synonyms
1, 3. support. 3. See help.
Usage note
See -or1.
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Word Origin and History for succorer

succor

n.

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.

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