Definition of scapegoat in English:
- Like the dogs, the scapegoats were, Strelan argues, central to the purificatory rites of Asia Minor where the churches addressed in Revelation are located.
- Both dogs and scapegoats will be shown to be central in many of the purificatory rituals of Asia Minor where the churches addressed in Revelation are located.
- They might be poor - and society tends to use the poor as scapegoats for the wrong doings of the big hands - but not all bad.
- Labor and Liberal politicians both gain, along with capitalism's ruling class, when workers blame scapegoats for a life of insecurity and want, rather than the government or system.
- But rather than seeing what it is we don't like, as the result of our culture and collective stupidity that gave the automobile so much power, we blame our problems on scapegoats.
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- The Republicans scapegoated gays to win the election.
- And I said it at the beginning, I felt that these guys were getting scapegoated, and I absolutely stand by that.
- Jesus never scapegoated people who had less power than the majority and never endorsed the human tendency to draw distinctions between in and out groups.
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- The implications are profound, which is precisely why the right-wing scapegoaters are up in arms.
- That is why we will carry on campaigning against the warmongers, privatisers and scapegoaters.
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- The sacrifice of the guilty victim through collective violence ends the crisis and founds a new order ordained by the divine. Violence and scapegoating are always present in the mythological definition of the divine itself.
- Elsewhere teaching and public sector unions, along with aid agencies, charities and student groups, have been prominent in challenging the scapegoating of refugees and their children.
- ‘The issue of marriage is not going to go away, and the Republican scapegoating of our community is not going to go away,’ he argued.
Mid 16th century: from archaic scape 'escape' + goat.
In the biblical Book of Leviticus God tells Moses that the Jewish people should take two goats and cast lots to determine their fate—the chief priest is to lay the sins of the people on one before driving it out into the wilderness, while the other is to be sacrificed. The animal driven away is the scapegoat. This was the only context in which the word appeared until the early 19th century, when it extended its meaning to ‘a person who is blamed for the wrongdoings of others’. The first part, scape, is a shortening of escape, as the goat escapes death by sacrifice.
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