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).
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.