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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.]
1. help; relief; aid.
2. a person or thing that gives help, relief, or aid.v.t.
3. to help or relieve in difficulty, need, or distress.Also, esp. Brit.,suc′cour.
[1250–1300; (v.) Middle English sucuren < Old French suc(c)urre, socorre < Latin succurrere to go beneath, run to help =suc- suc- + currere to run (see current)]
syn: See help.
usage: See -or1.
Past participle: succored
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|Noun||1.||succor - assistance in time of difficulty; "the contributions provided some relief for the victims"|
assist, assistance, help, aid - the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "he gave me an assist with the housework"; "could not walk without assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his help in unloading"
consolation, solace, comfort - the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction; "his presence was a consolation to her"
mercy - alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed; "distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"
|Verb||1.||succor - help in a difficult situation|