- Present participle of scapegoat.
Variant of scapegoat
- a goat over the head of which the high priest of the ancient Jews confessed the sins of the people on the Day of Atonement, after which it was allowed to escape: Lev. 16:7-26
- a person, group, or thing upon whom the blame for the mistakes or crimes of others is thrust
Origin of scapegoatcoined by William Tyndale (1530) ; from scape + goat, probably from LL(Vulg.) caper emissarius, literally , emissary goat, translated, translation of Ecclesiastical Greek tragos aperchomenos, departing goat, used as translated, translation of Classical Hebrew (language) sair laazazel ; from sair, he-goat + l, to + azazel, probably name of a desert demon, but uncertain or unknown; perhaps with folk-etym. meaning “goat that leaves,” as if ; from ez (female) goat + azal, has left
to make a scapegoat of