to project feelings onto an object or person not originally intended, but done so subconsciously, since directly addressing the true source of one's feelings is either too painful or too difficult.
Mercedes was very angry at Paul for flirting with Kitty. So she displaced her feelings of hostility by befriending Marshall in retribution.
by Ili T. September 25, 2013
When an employee can not perform a job at hand and his/her supervisor has to displace said employee to another department
Joe could not get into the processor so he had to be displaced by his supervisor from electro to sanitation worker
by Culatr January 09, 2017