What does scapegoat mean?

Definitions for scapegoat
ˈskeɪpˌgoʊtscape·goat

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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.]

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. Bryan Hershman:

    They need to have a scapegoat, they can draw no connection to my client, none, and they’ve tried.

  2. Kirk Douglas:

    Some find Jews to be a convenient scapegoat rather than looking at the real source of their problems.

  3. Castello Branco:

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

  4. Bridget Anne Kelly:

    I will not allow Bridget Anne Kelly to be the scapegoat in this case, and I look very much forward to the appeal.

  5. Cedric Richmond:

    I am not going to let them use Steve as a scapegoat to score political points when I know him and know his family.

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