/ˈskeɪpɡəʊt/ [skape-goat]
1 A person who is blamed for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults of others, especially for reasons of expediency.
2 (in the Bible) a goat sent into the wilderness after the Jewish chief priest had symbolically laid the sins of the people upon it (Lev. 16).
[with object]
Make a scapegoat of.

Mid 16th century from archaic scape ‘escape’ + goat.


Simon sought solace in being selected today’s class scapegoat. Tomorrow he had such plans, and someone else would take the blame.


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