succor

Succor is relief or help. If you've just woken up in the midst of a lion's den, wearing nothing but raw meat pajamas — sounds like you could use some succor!

In archaic times, succor meant a reinforcement of troops during a hard battle. These days though, those reinforcements are a bit more figurative. Succor is a helping hand in a time of need, relief when the going gets tough. Succor can also be used as a verb, as in, "After Bob fell overboard, he was saved — succored by a life preserver."

Definitions of succor
  1. noun
    assistance in time of difficulty
    synonyms: ministration, relief, succour
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    types:
    comfort, consolation, solace
    the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction
    mercy
    alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed
    type of:
    aid, assist, assistance, help
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  2. verb
    help in a difficult situation
    synonyms: succour
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    type of:
    aid, assist, help
    give help or assistance; be of service
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