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  1. help; relief; aid; assistance.
  2. a person or thing that gives help, relief, aid, etc.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to help or relieve.
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Also especially British, suc·cour.

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 formssuc·cor·a·ble, adjectivesuc·cor·er, nounnon·suc·cor, nounun·suc·cor·a·ble, adjectiveun·suc·cored, adjective
Can be confusedsuccor sucker

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1, 3. support. 3. See help.

Usage note

See -or1.
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Related Words for succor

sustenance, aid, support, relief, help, comfort, mitigation, assistance, refuge, rescue

Examples from the Web for succor

Contemporary Examples of succor

Historical Examples of succor

  • What are kings made for, save to succor the feeble and distressed?

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • We slept five times instead of thrice and still no succor came.

  • She must have heard and have known that people were there, trying to succor her.


    Emile Zola

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

  • She was alone; he was hidden from the view of the men on the point, and no succor could come from them.

    Devil's Ford

    Bret Harte

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper