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).
    verb
    Make a scapegoat of. (few things are harder for kids to bear than being scapegoated)

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