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Noun
One who acts as the fall guy for the mistakes of others
“Her supporters see her as a scapegoat for a policy that failed.”
Noun
A person or thing that is the object of ridicule or criticism
Noun
An animal, person, or object offered in the act of sacrifice
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A person or type of person blamed by the public for various ills, as during a moral panic
Noun
Unlikely winner in a contest or struggle
Noun
A person given as a pledge or security for the performance of the conditions of a treaty or stipulations of any kind, on the performance of which the person is to be released
Verb
To blame something for the problems of a given society without evidence to back up the claim
“He has been scapegoated for the lack of jobs and housing problems.”
Verb
To punish someone
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