Definitions for scapegoatˈskeɪpˌgoʊt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scapegoat, whipping boy(noun)

    someone who is punished for the errors of others

Wiktionary

  1. scapegoat(Noun)

    In the Mosaic Day of Atonement ritual, a goat symbolically imbued with the sins of the people, and sent out alive into the wilderness while another was sacrificed.

  2. scapegoat(Noun)

    Someone punished for the error or errors of someone else.

    He is making me a scapegoat.

  3. scapegoat(Verb)

    To punish someone for the error or errors of someone else; to make a scapegoat of.

  4. scapegoat(Verb)

    To blame something for the problems of a given society without evidence to back up the claim.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scapegoat(noun)

    a goat upon whose head were symbolically placed the sins of the people, after which he was suffered to escape into the wilderness

  2. Scapegoat(noun)

    hence, a person or thing that is made to bear blame for others

  3. Origin: [Scape (for escape) + goat.]

Freebase

  1. Scapegoating

    Scapegoating is the practice of singling out any party for unmerited negative treatment or blame as a scapegoat. Scapegoating may be conducted by individuals against individuals, individuals against groups, groups against individuals, and groups against groups. A scapegoat may be an adult, child, sibling, employee, peer, ethnic, political or religious group, or country. A whipping boy, identified patient or "fall guy" are forms of scapegoat.


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