Part of speech: noun
Origin: Middle English, 13th century
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."
Popularity Over Time
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.