scapegoat

Part of speech: noun

Bib. A goat which symbolically bore the sins of the people into the wilderness.

Part of speech: noun

A person made to bear blame for others.

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Usage examples "scapegoat":

  1. 248. Atheists did not as a sect entirely disappear from England after the execution of their scapegoat, but they do not seem to have been further molested for their opinions. - "Studies from Court and Cloister", J.M. Stone.
  2. And she lifted her head, fancying herself rather clever in finding a scapegoat. - "The Madigans", Miriam Michelson.
  3. Here his eyes opened wide, for close by his side Was the scapegoat devouring the latest advertisement! - "Saltbush Bill, J.P., and Other Verses", A. B. Paterson.