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succor

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noun suc·cor \ ˈsə-kər \

Definition of succor

1 :relief; also :aid, help
2 :something that furnishes relief

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Examples of succor in a Sentence

  1. We see it as our duty to give succor to those in need.

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If you're in need of an explanation of the origins of "succor," we can help. Middle English speakers adapted "socour," the predecessor of "succor," from the Anglo-French sucors, which essentially had the same meaning as our modern word. "Sucors," in turn, derives from the Medieval Latin succursus, itself a derivative of the Latin verb succurrere, meaning "to run to the rescue or "to bring aid." That Latin verb was a composite of the prefix sub- (meaning "from below") and the verb "currere" (meaning "to run"). "Succor" has been saving the day in English (as both a noun and a verb) since at least the 13th century.

Origin and Etymology of succor

Middle English socour, sucurs (taken as plural), from Anglo-French sucur, sucors, from Medieval Latin succursus, from Latin succurrere to run to the rescue, bring aid, from sub- + currere to run — more at car


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succor

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Definition of succor

succored; succoring play \ˈsə-k(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
:to go to the aid of :relieve

succorer

play \ˈsə-kər-ər\ noun

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First Known Use of succor

13th century


SUCCOR Defined for English Language Learners

succor

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Definition of succor for English Language Learners

  • : something that you do or give to help someone who is suffering or in a difficult situation


SUCCOR Defined for Kids

succor

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noun suc·cor \ ˈsə-kər \

Definition of succor for Students



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