One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The dispossession or displacement of a person (or animal) in a position, especially by treacherous or dishonourable means; an instance of this.
2The supersession or displacement of one thing by another.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Gower (d. 1408), poet. From (i) Middle French supplantation, supplantacion trick, deception, usurpation, overthrow.
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