Marriage transforms a distraction into a support, the power of which should be, and happily often is, in direct proportion to the degree of imbecility it supplants.
The change at the root of this has been the recent supplanting of the class of stationary cottagers, who carried on the local traditions and humours, by a population of more or less migratory labourers, which has led to a break of continuity in local history, more fatal than any other thing to the preservation of legend, folk-lore, close inter-social relations, and eccentric individualities.
There are no more uses of "supplant" in the book.
Show samples from other sources
Death supplants everything.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
That is the single idea in my mind, the one that has supplanted the possibility of all other rational thought.