scapegoat

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scapegoat
  • noun
    A person who is blamed for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults of others, especially for reasons of expediency.
    (in the Bible) a goat sent into the wilderness after the Jewish chief priest had symbolically laid the sins of the people upon it (Lev. 16). (Like the dogs, the scapegoats were, Strelan argues, central to the purificatory rites of Asia Minor where the churches addressed in Revelation are located.)
    verb
    Make a scapegoat of. (few things are harder for kids to bear than being scapegoated)

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