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Definition of scapegoat:

  1. A goat upon whose head were symbolically placed the sins of the people, after which he was suffered to escape into the wilderness.
  2. Hence, a person or thing that is made to bear blame for others.


reprimand, the guilty party, goat, dead duck, praise, find fault with, whipping boy, fair game, put down, blame, fall guy, denigrate, rebuke, criticize, patsy, punching bag, target, deride, have someone to thank (for something), reproach, remonstrate.

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