Scapegoat meaning

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The definition of a scapegoat is someone who is assigned the blame or made to take the fall for something.

When three employees plan a prank together and then blame it on one person, getting him fired, the person who was blamed is an example of a scapegoat.

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(bible) A live goat over whose head Aaron confessed all the sins of the children of Israel on the Day of Atonement. The goat, symbolically bearing their sins, was then sent into the wilderness.
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To blame something for the problems of a given society without evidence to back up the claim.
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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
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A person, group, or thing upon whom the blame for the mistakes or crimes of others is thrust.
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One that is made to bear the blame of others.
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To make a scapegoat of.
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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.
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Someone punished for the error or errors of someone else.

He is making me a scapegoat.

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

Don't scapegoat me for your mistake.

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Origin of scapegoat

  • scape goat (translation of Hebrew ‘ēz ’ōzēl goat that escapes) (misreading of ‘ăzā’zēl Azazel)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined by Tyndale from scape +"Ž goat, interpreting Hebrew עזאזל (“Azazel") (Leviticus 16:8, 10, 26), from an interpretation as coming from ×¢×– (ez, “goat") and אוזל (ozél, “escapes"). First attested 1530.

    From Wiktionary