What does the word scapegoat mean?

Usage examples for 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 by J.M. Stone
  2. And she lifted her head, fancying herself rather clever in finding a scapegoat. – The Madigans by 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 by A. B. Paterson