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Monday, April 30, 2007

Definitions for supplant

  1. To take the place of (another), especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics; as, a rival supplants another.
  2. To take the place of and serve as a substitute for.

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Citations for supplant
He's your rival. The one you'll have to supplant. Peter Brooks, World Elsewhere
In traditional accounts, early Greek times appear as a succession of migrations; one tribe drives out and supplants another until driven out in turn by a third, and this process may have lasted many hundreds of years. Jacob Burckhardt, The Greeks and Greek Civilization
Origin of supplant
1250-1300
Supplant derives from Latin supplantare, "to put one's foot under another, to throw down a person by tripping up his heels," from sub-, "under" + plantare, "to stamp the ground with the foot," from planta, "the sole of the foot."