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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scapegoat, whipping boy(noun)

    someone who is punished for the errors of others


  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

    Etymology: [Scape (for escape) + goat.]

  2. Scapegoat(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Scape (for escape) + goat.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scapegoat

    skāp′gōt, n. a goat on which, once a year, the Jewish high-priest laid symbolically the sins of the people, and which was then allowed to escape into the wilderness (Levit. xvi.): one who is made to bear the misdeeds of another. [Escape and goat.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scapegoat in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scapegoat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of scapegoat in a Sentence

  1. Father Massimo Biancalani:

    Salvini's intentions are ideological and electorally motivated, unfortunately people fall for it and the immigrant becomes the scapegoat. We need civil disobedience and it's important for secular and religious institutions to open their doors to welcome these homeless migrants.

  2. Chris Joyce:

    The salmon population is in great decline and recreational, commercial and tribal fishermen are looking at sea lions as a scapegoat.

  3. President Obama:

    During these times of uncertainty, it’s always tempting for politicians for their own gain and for people in power to try and see if they can divide people, scapegoat folks, turn them on each other.

  4. Castello Branco:

    The policy (Parente) put in place was the scapegoat of this whole crisis, the pressure on him was enormous.

  5. The Belgian police union:

    The NSPV notes that the political government is looking for a scapegoat in connection with the attacks in Zaventem, as a trade union we can only be outraged about this state of affairs. [We are] heartbroken to establish that police would be pilloried without any kind of defense.

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