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: coined by William Tyndale (1530) from scape plush 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 plush l, to plush 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 plush azal, has left
- scapegoating noun
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