Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Assistance in time of distress; relief.
  • n. One that affords assistance or relief.
  • transitive v. To give assistance to in time of want, difficulty, or distress. See Synonyms at help.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Aid, assistance or relief given to one in distress; ministration.
  • v. to give such assistance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Aid; help; assistance; esp., assistance that relieves and delivers from difficulty, want, or distress.
  • n. The person or thing that brings relief.
  • transitive v. To run to, or run to support; hence, to help or relieve when in difficulty, want, or distress; to assist and deliver from suffering; to relieve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To help or relieve when in difficulty, want, or distress; assist and deliver from suffering.
  • n. Aid; help; assistance.
  • n. The person or thing that brings relief; especially, troops serving as an aid or assistance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. help in a difficult situation
  • n. assistance in time of difficulty

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sucuren, from Old French sucurre, sucurir ("to rescue, remedy"), from Latin succurrō ("go beneath, run for cover, run for help", v), from sub- + currō ("run", v). More at sub-, current. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Restructuring the existing convertible bonds allows the Educomp to push out redemption date and offer near-term succor to its weakening balance sheet.

    Educomp to Recast Foreign Convertible Bonds

  • One handy way of looking at the two lists is that many of the people on the former influenced millions of Americans to seek succor from the pharmaceuticals on the latter.

    Top 25 Psychiatric Medicines List Released

  • All that said, with the Cold War over and the conservative movement tending to take most of its emotional succor from a blend of militarism and homophobia these days, I hope that modern liberals and libertarians can find ways to cooperate on some of these economic issues where our interests may overlap.

    Matthew Yglesias » Small-Government Egalitarianism

  • Both the Mesoamerican and Christian pantheon of gods and saints, mirrors of contemporary anxieties, were created to appeal for divine succor from a vast assortment of afflictions.

    Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico

  • The point is that al-Qaeda does not gain succor just from what Cullison calls "Arab resentment against the United States"; it also profits from the West's agonizing over the legally — not to say morally — dubious methods used to combat international terrorism, some of which clearly have a certain popular appeal, particularly in the United States.

    Letters to the Editor

  • There must be action and succor from the well-off parts of the world for the poorer sections, just as one part of our country would rally to the aid of another section in time of national disaster, such as, say, some great flood or an earthquake.

    The Puzzling Years Ahead

  • It was evident in July that the brig would never be freed from the ice, and in this critical situation, Kane, taking five men in a whaleboat, attempted to reach Beechy Island, several hundred miles to the southwest, whence he expected to obtain succor from the English searching squadron.

    Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8 A series of pen and pencil sketches of the lives of more than 200 of the most prominent personages in History

  • These thronged to Quebec in misery and desperation, begging succor from the French.

    The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century

  • My own current state of disenchantment with the US stems from its apparent abandoning of capitalist principles for the short-term succor that is offered (but unlikely to be actually delivered) by socialist intervention.

    Asia Times Online

  • Republics do not have to take little account of this subject, but ought to consider the disorders which may arise from such incidents, and remedy them in time that it does not injure and disgrace their State or Republic; as happened to the Ardeans, who, for allowing the rivalry to increase among their citizens, were led to become divided among themselves, and wanting to reunite, had to send for outside succor, which is a great beginning to a sure servitude.

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