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scapegoat

Syllabification: scape·goat
Pronunciation: /ˈskāpˌɡōt
 
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Definition of scapegoat in English:

noun

1(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).
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1A person who is blamed for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults of others, especially for reasons of expediency.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

verb

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Make a scapegoat of.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

mid 16th century: from archaic scape 'escape' + goat.

Derivatives

scapegoater

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

scapegoating

2
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

scapegoatism

3
Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • The media want to show young people as being useless (scapegoatism at its very worst).

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