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Definitions for scapegoat
ˈskeɪpˌgoʊtscape·goat

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scapegoat, whipping boynoun

    someone who is punished for the errors of others

Wiktionary

  1. scapegoatnoun

    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. scapegoatnoun

    Someone punished for the error or errors of someone else.

    He is making me a scapegoat.

  3. scapegoatverb

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

  4. scapegoatverb

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

Wikipedia

  1. Scapegoat

    In the Bible, a scapegoat is one of a pair of kid goats that is released into the wilderness, taking with it all sins and impurities, while the other is sacrificed. The concept first appears in the Book of Leviticus, in which a goat is designated to be cast into the desert to carry away the sins of the community. Then Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and sending it away into the wilderness by means of someone designated for the task. The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a barren region; and the goat shall be set free in the wilderness. Practices with some similarities to the scapegoat ritual also appear in Ancient Greece and Ebla.

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  1. scapegoat

    A scapegoat is a person or group unjustly blamed for something or made to bear the blame for the mistakes or faults of others. The term has its origins in ancient Jewish customs, where a goat was symbolically burdened with the sins of the people then driven into the wilderness in an act of atonement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scapegoatnoun

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

  2. Scapegoatnoun

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

  3. 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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Numerology

  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. Masood Solangi:

    The doctor has been made into a scapegoat for the larger crisis in the region, my opinion is that the work he has done has been done according to law. The case against him can not be proved.

  2. 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.

  3. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    We are not Europe's scapegoat, we are definitely not a country that Europe can point its finger at and scold. Instead of criticizing us, Europe should find a solution to increasing racism and Islamophobia.

  4. Rod Serling:

    The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices -- to be found in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own -- for the children and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.

  5. Mark Schmidt:

    (The government) are making police the scapegoat and creating a situation that is becoming unbearable for everyone who lives here. So that's one of the reasons we have joined the strike, losing a bit of money now is not such a problem,(compared) with losing everything that the freedom of Hong Kong used to stand for.

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