• WordNet 3.6
    • n scapegoat someone who is punished for the errors of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scapegoat (Jewish Antiq) A goat upon whose head were symbolically placed the sins of the people, after which he was suffered to escape into the wilderness.
    • Scapegoat Hence, a person or thing that is made to bear blame for others.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scapegoat In the ancient Jewish ritual, a goat on which the chief priest, on the day of atonement, symbolically laid the sins of the people. The goat was then driven into the wilderness. Lev. xvi.
    • n scapegoat One who is made to bear the blame of the misdeeds of others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scapegoat skāp′gōt a goat on which, once a year, the Jewish high-priest laid symbolically the sins of the people, and which was then allowed to escape into the wilderness (Levit. xvi.): one who is made to bear the misdeeds of another.
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  • Ernest Bevin
    Ernest Bevin
    “Unintelligent people always look for a scapegoat.”
  • Mark Twain
    “There are many scapegoats for our sins, but the most popular is providence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Scape,for escape,) + goat,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Escape and goat.


In literature:

I'm a kind of scapegoat for the school.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
But the regimental honour was threatened and a scapegoat needed.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
Blueskins were scapegoats for all the fears and all the uneasiness a perhaps over-civilized world developed.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
I'm not going to be made a scapegoat for you.
"Nobody" by Louis Joseph Vance
It is no use passing judgments and making scapegoats of this or that individual statesman or group of statesmen.
"Woodrow Wilson's Administration and Achievements" by Frank B. Lord and James William Bryan
Haredale had been Sir John's drudge and scapegoat at school and the latter had always despised him.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
We must cast away the old year; we must put our sins on to a +pharmakos+ or scapegoat and drive it out.
"Five Stages of Greek Religion" by Gilbert Murray
I am the scapegoat; my sins have found me out.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
There's a scapegoat groomed back home, you can be sure.
"Industrial Revolution" by Poul William Anderson
We are not such innocents; we have no wish to make a scapegoat of anyone!
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland

In news:

A dead man and a university athletic program make all too convenient scapegoats.
Since today is "National Blame Someone Else Day," we thought we'd take a look at the origins of the term " scapegoat .
Joe Paterno Is the NCAA's Scapegoat .
My scapegoat ate my column.
It's always nice to have a scapegoat .
Carlile as a scapegoat .
Sanford police chief called ' scapegoat '.
How 'culture' became a scapegoat for the powerful at PSU.
Goodell is scapegoat for ref debacle.
Manager of the Year or Astros' scapegoat .
'Bad' steel — the ultimate scapegoat .
Carson ' Scapegoat ' in NTSB Crash Probe.
But as Aaron did with the original scapegoat , when we scapegoat human beings we also send them away into the wilderness.
White House finds a scapegoat for tragedy in Libya.
I was scapegoat in husband's death.