What does the word scapegoat mean?

Usage examples for scapegoat

  1. And she lifted her head, fancying herself rather clever in finding a scapegoat. – The Madigans by Miriam Michelson
  2. Here his eyes opened wide, for close by his side Was the scapegoat devouring the latest advertisement! – Saltbush Bill, J.P., and Other Verses by A. B. Paterson