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, 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

Synonyms for succor

1, 3. support. 3. See help.

Usage note

See -or1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for succor

Contemporary Examples of succor

  • Such attention comes too late to offer any succor or comfort to the families, friends, and co-workers mourning the dead.

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    Now Is Not the Time for New Gun Laws

    Nick Gillespie

    September 18, 2013

  • And if it is to truly heal, Palestinians and Israelis must make of the scar a source of succor, not fear.

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    On Yom Kippur, Remember My Palestinian Mother

    Samer Badawi

    September 10, 2013

  • The human soul is an ocean tossed by storms of passion, deep and bottomless in its need for succor and nourishment.

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    The Old Man and the Sea

    David Farr

    April 9, 2013

  • In contrast, a mammalian infant depends on the separation cry for succor and security.

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    Why Do We Cry?

    Michael Trimble

    January 10, 2013

  • Here's the platform the new Washington can succor: We want good schools, but don't fire bad teachers.

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    Give the People What They Want

    Leslie H. Gelb

    October 31, 2010

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper