Definitions for scapegoatˈskeɪpˌgoʊt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  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.

    Category: Bible

  3. (v.t.)to make a scapegoat of.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of scapegoat:

1530; scape2+goat , as a trans. of Heb ‘azāzel


Princeton's WordNet

  1. scapegoat, whipping boy(noun)

    someone who is punished for the errors of others

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. scapegoat(noun)ˈskeɪpˌgoʊt

    sb who is blamed for sth to take the focus away from sb or sth that is really to blame

    The woman claims she was made a scapegoat in the case.


  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


  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, sibling, child, employee, peer, ethnic or religious group, or country. A whipping boy, identified patient or "fall guy" are forms of scapegoat.

Translations for scapegoat

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


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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