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Succor

[SUH-kər]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Middle English, 13th century

1.

Assistance and support in times of hardship and distress.

Examples of Succor in a sentence

"The United States has offered succor to many allies in times of conflict."

"Sebastian decided he needed his sister’s succor to pick out the perfect engagement ring."

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About Succor

The word comes from Middle English via the Old French “sucors.” The medieval Latin “succursus” means “run to the help of,” a combination of “sub-,” “from below” and “currere,” meaning “run.”

Did you Know?

“Succor” is often confused with “sucker” in spoken conversation because they’re homophones — words that sound the same yet have different spellings and meanings. A “sucker” is a gullible person.

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