Rare a predecessor
Origin of antecessorMiddle English antecessour ; from Classical Latin antecessor ; from past participle of antecedere, antecede
One who precedes; a predecessor.
Origin of antecessorMiddle English antecessour, forebear, from Latin antecessor, forerunner, predecessor in office, from antecessus, past participle of antec&emacron;dere, to go before; see antecede.
- 1890, Grant Allen, The Great Taboo:
- This, then, is their horrid counsel and device--that each one of their gods should kill his antecessor.
From Latin antecessor