scapegoat


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scape·goat

 (skāp′gōt′)
n.
1. One that is made to bear the blame of others.
2. Bible A live goat over whose head Aaron confessed all the sins of the children of Israel on the Day of Atonement. The goat, symbolically bearing their sins, was then sent into the wilderness.
tr.v. scape·goat·ed, scape·goat·ing, scape·goats
To make a scapegoat of.

[scape + goat (translation of Hebrew 'ēz 'ōzēl, goat that escapes, misreading of 'ăzā'zēl, Azazel).]

scapegoat

(ˈskeɪpˌɡəʊt)
n
1. a person made to bear the blame for others
2. (Bible) Old Testament a goat used in the ritual of Yom Kippur (Leviticus 16); it was symbolically laden with the sins of the Israelites and sent into the wilderness to be destroyed
vb
(tr) to make a scapegoat of
[C16: from escape + goat, coined by William Tyndale to translate Biblical Hebrew azāzēl (probably) goat for Azazel, mistakenly thought to mean 'goat that escapes']

scape•goat

(ˈskeɪpˌgoʊt)

n.
1. a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.
2. a goat let loose in the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically laid the sins of the people on its head. Lev. 16:8, 10, 26.
v.t.
3. to make a scapegoat of.
[1530; scape2 + goat, as a translation of Hebrew ‘azāzel]
scape′goat•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scapegoat - someone who is punished for the errors of others
victim - an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance

scapegoat

noun
1. fall guy, victim, patsy (informal), whipping boy Her supporters see her as a scapegoat for a policy that failed.
verb
1. blame, hold responsible, accuse, point a or the finger at He has been scapegoated for the lack of jobs and housing problems

scapegoat

noun
One who is made an object of blame:
Slang: fall guy, patsy.
Translations
كَبْش الفِداء، حامِل وِزْر غَيْرِهكبش فداء
obětní beránek
syndebuk
syntipukki
bûnbakbűnbak
kambing hitam
blóraböggull
atpirkimo ožys
grēkāzis
kozioł ofiarny
bode expiatório
obetný baránok
syndabock
günah keçisişamar oğlanı

scapegoat

[ˈskeɪpgəʊt] Ncabeza f de turco, chivo m expiatorio
to be a scapegoat forpagar el pato por, pagar los cristales rotos por

scapegoat

[ˈskeɪpgəʊt] nbouc m émissaire

scapegoat

nSündenbock m; to be a scapegoat for somethingfür etw der Sündenbock sein; to use somebody/something as a scapegoat, to make somebody/something one’s scapegoatjdm/einer Sache die Schuld zuschieben
vtdie Schuld zuschieben (+dat)

scapegoat

[ˈskeɪpˌgəʊt] ncapro espiatorio

scapegoat

(ˈskeipgəut) noun
a person who is blamed or punished for the mistakes of others. The manager of the football team was made a scapegoat for the team's failure, and was forced to resign.
References in classic literature ?
Reed would have endured my presence more complacently; her children would have entertained for me more of the cordiality of fellow-feeling; the servants would have been less prone to make me the scapegoat of the nursery.
Often, the whole colony were playing at blindman's buff, magistrates and all, with their eyes bandaged, except a single scapegoat, whom the blinded sinners pursued by the tinkling of the bells at his garments.
Scenery of the Way-lee-way A substitute for tobacco Sublime scenery of Snake River The garrulous old chief and his cousin A Nez Perce meeting A stolen skin The scapegoat dog Mysterious conferences The little chief His hospitality The captain's account of the United States His healing skill
From it, in ancient times, the Jewish High Priest turned loose the scapegoat and let him flee to the wilderness and bear away his twelve- month load of the sins of the people.
I may be wrong, for I am ill-versed in religious matters, but my conception of God and scapegoat be not that they are synonymous.
Phillips's brief reforming energy was over; he didn't want the bother of punishing a dozen pupils; but it was necessary to do something to save his word, so he looked about for a scapegoat and found it in Anne, who had dropped into her seat, gasping for breath, with a forgotten lily wreath hanging askew over one ear and giving her a particularly rakish and disheveled appearance.
On entering the drawing room Stepan Arkadyevitch apologized, explaining that he had been detained by that prince, who was always the scapegoat for all his absences and unpunctualities, and in one moment he had made all the guests acquainted with each other, and, bringing together Alexey Alexandrovitch and Sergey Koznishev, started them on a discussion of the Russification of Poland, into which they immediately plunged with Pestsov.
My scapegoat and my drudge at school,' he said, raising his head to look after him; 'my friend of later days, who could not keep his mistress when he had won her, and threw me in her way to carry off the prize; I triumph in the present and the past.
Exemplary wives will sometimes find scapegoats in this way.
Oftentimes, indeed, by the persistent loading of the dice against the villains and scapegoats, the reader's sympathy is half aroused in their behalf.
It doesn't matter whether he was the ringmaster or scapegoat, he was still heavily involved in the fixing.
Global Banking News-August 10, 2015--Official says Georgia's central bank being made a scapegoat