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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Definitions for succorance

  1. the act of seeking out affectionate care and social support.

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Citations for succorance
Here, food in general, and the feeding of someone else in particular…are equated with love, succorance, with a bond between caring parties, with the largely selfless, human act, and Chaplin uses food in motifs that point us toward what distinguishes a civilized society from a jungle. Jay Boyer, "Cry Food: The Use of Food as a Comic Motif in the Films of Charlie Chaplin," Beyond the Stars: Studies in American Film, 1993
Here Woolf returns to her metaphor of the outsider seeking warmth, shelter, succorance, yet courting danger. Shirley Panken, Virginia Woolf and the "Lust of Creation," 1987
Origin of succorance
Succorance is formed from the root word succor meaning "help; relief." Succor, in turn, stems from the Latin term succurrere meaning "to go beneath, run to help." Succorance entered English in the 1930s.