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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.
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Sheikh Rasheed expressed that the news regards to national security was leaked and that is why someone has to be scapegoated.
Germany and France were scapegoated when the EU accession talks were stalled without self-reflection on the part of Turkey, which has witnessed a significant regress in reforms and even a backsliding on the political criteria for accession such as the rule of law, rights and democratic principles.
THE owner of the Daily Express and Daily Star said his newspapers were "scapegoated" for their coverage of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.
We only need to look back to Germany in the 1930s to know what happens when people don't protest about minorities being scapegoated.