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[suh-plant, -plahnt] /səˈplænt, -ˈplɑnt/
verb (used with object)
to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.
to replace (one thing) by something else.
Origin of supplant
1250-1300; Middle English supplanten < Latin supplantāre to trip up, overthrow. See sup-, plant
Related forms
[suhp-luh n-tey-shuh n] /ˌsʌp lənˈteɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
supplanter, noun
unsupplanted, adjective
Can be confused
supplant, supplicant, suppliant.
1. remove, succeed. See replace. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for supplanter
Historical Examples
  • Like Mr. Lloyd George, his supplanter, he has lost the earnestness which brought him to the seats of power.

  • Oh, it was hard to give up so much to so unworthy a supplanter!

    The Fortunes of the Farrells Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • There was neither jealousy nor envy in my feelings toward my supplanter.

    The Doctor's Dilemma Hesba Stretton
  • There was Mirza Mogul, daily growing more jealous of his supplanter.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
  • She remembered Audouin, that supplanter Audouin; but she had clean forgotten poor solitary yearning Hiram!

  • It was this which finally culminated in transforming him from Jacob the supplanter to Israel the prince of God.

    Sermons at Rugby John Percival
  • Smith had in no wise seemed to resent the presence of his supplanter.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley Bertram Mitford
  • It is as the genius of strife and nomadic war that he more directly stands in contrast with his ‘supplanter.’

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • Bonaparte, in the double rle of Raynals disciple and supplanter of the Revolution, was full of the same idea.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • So unpopular did Warwick become that Somerset began to talk as though he might supplant his supplanter.

British Dictionary definitions for supplanter


(transitive) to take the place of, often by trickery or force: he easily supplanted his rival
Derived Forms
supplantation (ˌsʌplɑːnˈteɪʃən) noun
supplanter, noun
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin supplantāre to trip up, from sub- from below + planta sole of the foot
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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."

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