- to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.
- to replace (one thing) by something else.
Origin of supplant
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for supplantation
One of these illustrates the expiring episcopal jurisdiction over heresy and its supplantation by the Inquisition.A History of The Inquisition of Spain; vol. 2,
Henry Charles Lea
- (tr) to take the place of, often by trickery or forcehe easily supplanted his rival
Word Origin and History for supplantation
c.1300, "to trip up, overthrow, defeat, dispossess," from Old French supplanter "to trip up, overthrow," from Latin supplantare "trip up, overthrow," from sub "under" + planta "sole of the foot" (see plant (n.)). Meaning "replace one thing with another" first recorded 1670s. Interesting sense evolution parallel in Hebrew akabh "he beguiled," from akebh "heel."