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1. Assistance in time of distress; relief.
2. One that affords assistance or relief: "There is a higher beauty still in ... being a succor to the oppressed" (Charles Sumner).
tr.v. suc·cored, suc·cor·ing, suc·cors
To give assistance to in time of want, difficulty, or distress: succor the poor.

[Middle English sucur, back-formation from sucurs (taken as pl.), from Old French secors, from Medieval Latin succursus, from past participle of Latin succurrere, to run to the aid of : sub-, sub- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.]

suc′cor·a·ble adj.
suc′cor·er n.
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Noun1.succorer - someone who gives help in times of need or distress or difficulty
recoverer, saver, rescuer - someone who saves something from danger or violence


A person who helps: