Meaning of succour in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsʌkə/

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(US succor)
mass noun
  • 1Assistance and support in times of hardship and distress.

    ‘the wounded had little chance of succour’
    • ‘Victims' families had no protection, no succour or support.’
    • ‘For Maud Martha, the house serves dual roles as the site of both her distress and her succor.’
    • ‘These newcomers earned their living as small businessmen, religious teachers or labourers and were later to provide succour and support for the third wave of Indonesian migration to Thailand.’
    • ‘We are aware that through a time of increasing food deprivation a number of individual churches have run much needed feeding schemes, and provided succour and support for AIDS victims.’
    • ‘Western churches have a clear responsibility to provide succour and support for the Iraqi church in this time of trauma.’
    • ‘These bodies are giving succour and support to the British forces in Ireland and as such they are collaborators.’
    • ‘The rest of the story is then structured around God's provision of succour and support for him.’
    • ‘They provide psychological succor and social support, enabling them to endure the tragic elements of the human condition and to overcome the fragility of human life in the scheme of things.’
    • ‘First, while in Gujarat, I met many individuals who remain anonymous, who were so distressed by what had happened that they worked tirelessly round the clock to help provide succour.’
    • ‘He fully shares the hospital's concept of providing succour and medical help to the underprivileged section of our society.’
    • ‘It is true that all NGOs, except those exclusively concerned with succour and relief, are about change.’
    • ‘Music is the all time succour, as it helps in healing old wounds and hostilities.’
    • ‘But whoever assumes this role, their supporters can at least derive succour from the infinite spirit of the Highlanders.’
    • ‘You need a network of supporters and sympathisers prepared to hide and give succour, financial and otherwise for the cause.’
    • ‘It also dwells on the doctor-patient relationship, tragic situations in the life of patients and how as a medical professional with great concern for his fellow beings, he has tried to bring relief and succour to them.’
    • ‘When you are half way up Kilimanjaro and your lungs are close to bursting as you seek to drag in even a wisp of the thin air, you are willing to seek anywhere for help and succour and appeals to god are not uncommon.’
    • ‘Jewish tradition provided our Prophet with sanctuary and succour.’
    • ‘The harbour provided safety and succour to seafarers over the centuries.’
    • ‘For much joy and indeed fun has been invested in improving this cherished local institution, a place which provides succour and comfort to those in their time of greatest need.’
    • ‘His role, as he sees it, is simple: he's there to ease our passing, to provide momentary succour to our loved ones in a time of grief.’
    aid, help, a helping hand, assistance
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    1. 1.1succours archaic Reinforcements of troops.
      ‘The barbarians who had defended Gaul refused to march to the relief of Italy; and the succours promised by the Eastern emperor were distant and doubtful.’
      • ‘Errors, indeed, prevail by the assistance of foreign and borrowed succors.’
      additional troops, fresh troops, additional police, supplementaries, auxiliaries, reserves
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(US succor)
[with object]
  • Give assistance or aid to.

    ‘prisoners of war were liberated and succoured’
    • ‘They turned up quickly at the explosion site and helped crucially in succouring victims and in maintaining the integrity for forensic investigatory purposes of that scene of rare and serious crime.’
    • ‘A major initiative aimed at supporting and succouring rural Yorkshire communities devastated by foot-and-mouth is to be launched by the Church of England.’
    • ‘Hawker's published version accords him a heroic role in retrieving and burying all the Caledonia's dead and succouring her one survivor.’
    • ‘He appeared to be advising, helping, succouring the woman.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the US contribution to the pacification and democratisation of Western Europe, and to a lesser extent the Pacific Rim, shows what can be done when local determination is succoured by superpower resources.’
    • ‘On Hampstead Heath the Corporation of London is considering the closure of the open-air bathing ponds which have succoured swimmers, amputees and mild exhibitionists since the 1860s.’
    • ‘Others argue that succoring the uncompetitive is a waste of time and resources.’
    • ‘Mother Teresa, for example, identified as much as she could with India's Hindus, adopting the sari as the habit for her order of nuns, and she showed her commitment to Christ by succoring the dying in the streets of Calcutta.’
    • ‘But while Joe has beaten him before, plentifully, Kerewin has only been kind and repeatedly succored him with food.’
    • ‘The manna that succored the Israelites in the wilderness was gathered in baskets, which thus formed part of a divine act of national salvation.’
    • ‘It was like a lion's paw pressing down on my throat, but at the same time the lion succored me, licking my young face.’
    • ‘The world being what it is, it would not surprise me to learn that he had not been immediately succored.’
    • ‘Or are we, as a people, so used to being helped and succoured that it all seems normal and none out of the ordinary?’
    • ‘Thérèse also bolstered the priesthood, succoring and strengthening God's ministers through prayer and friendship.’
    • ‘The field hospital should be for the soldier a place of refuge, a concrete manifestation of the extent to which the country will go to succor those who have served.’
    • ‘We also know what cabinet ministers promised to succor them in their hour of need.’
    • ‘Members of other orders may, if they choose, gallop across the tundra to succour outcast Siberian lepers, or go white-water rafting in Katmandu, but a Benedictine takes vows of poverty, chastity, and stability.’
    • ‘The Government of the day said ‘Let us succour these people, for their condition is piteous, and besides they are almost as good as us’.’
    • ‘The autumn leaves have been composting on the pavements ready to succour the soon-to-be emerging weed seedlings.’
    • ‘But love of another person is not enough; there must be some outside standard by which we can determine what we should do to succor that person.’
    help, aid, bring aid to, give help to, give assistance to, render assistance to, assist, lend a hand to, lend a helping hand to, be of service to
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Middle English via Old French from medieval Latin succursus, from Latin succurrere ‘run to the help of’, from sub- ‘from below’ + currere ‘run’.