- to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.
- to replace (one thing) by something else.
Origin of supplant
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Examples from the Web for supplanter
Oh, it was hard to give up so much to so unworthy a supplanter!The Fortunes of the Farrells
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
"Ransom," his supplanter learned, had come light and gone light.Average Jones
Samuel Hopkins Adams
There was Mirza Mogul, daily growing more jealous of his supplanter.Barclay of the Guides
Smith had in no wise seemed to resent the presence of his supplanter.The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley
There was neither jealousy nor envy in my feelings toward my supplanter.The Doctor's Dilemma
- (tr) to take the place of, often by trickery or forcehe easily supplanted his rival
Word Origin and History for supplanter
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."