succor

[ suhk-er ]
/ ˈsʌk ər /

noun

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

SYNONYMS FOR succor

1, 3 support.
3 See help.

OTHER WORDS FROM succor

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH succor

succor sucker

usage note for succor

See -or1.
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