Definition of Scapegoat

1. Noun. Someone who is punished for the errors of others.

Exact synonyms: Whipping Boy
Generic synonyms: Victim



Definition of Scapegoat

1. n. A goat upon whose head were symbolically placed the sins of the people, after which he was suffered to escape into the wilderness.

Definition of Scapegoat

1. Noun. In the Mosaic Day of Atonement ritual, a goat symbolically imbued with the sins of the people, and sent out alive into the wilderness while another was sacrificed. ¹

2. Noun. Someone punished for the error or errors of someone else. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To punish someone for the error or errors of someone else; to make a scapegoat of. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To blame something for the problems of a given society without evidence to back up the claim. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scapegoat

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scapegoat

scantling
scantlings
scantly
scantness
scantnesses
scantron
scantrons
scants
scanty
scapa
scapaed
scapaing
scapas
scape
scaped
scapegoat (current term)
scapegoated
scapegoating
scapegoatism
scapegoatisms
scapegoats
scapegrace
scapegraces
scapeless
scapement
scapements
scapes
scapha
scaphander
scaphanders

Literary usage of Scapegoat

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1. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion by James George Frazer (1900)
"Occasionally the scapegoat is a man. Some of the aboriginal tribes of China, as a protection against pestilence, ! select a man of great muscular strength ..."

2. Manners and customs of the ancient Egyptians by John Gardner Wilkinson (1837)
"... and as with the scapegoat of the Jews, that important ceremony was perhaps confined to certain occasions and to chosen animals, without extending to ..."

3. Less Hype, More Help: Reducing Juvenile Crime, What Works by Richard A. Mendel (2000)
""Experts have identified a 1990s demographic scapegoat for America's pandemic violent crime: our own kids," wrote youth scholar Mike Males in 1996. ..."

4. The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments (1903)
"S And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats ; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for * the scapegoat. 9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which ..."

5. The Works of Washington Irving by Washington Irving (1853)
"The scapegoat dog.—Mysterious conferences. —The little chief.—His hospitality—The captain's account ef the United States.—His healing skill. ..."

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