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What is another word for scapegoat?

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One who acts as the fall guy for the mistakes of others
“Her supporters see her as a scapegoat for a policy that failed.”
A person or thing that is the object of ridicule or criticism
A person or type of person blamed by the public for various ills, as during a moral panic
Unlikely winner in a contest or struggle
A person that is held as a security for the fulfillment of the conditions of a treaty or stipulations of any kind
One who willingly sacrifices their life for adhering openly to one's beliefs
An animal, person, or object offered in the act of sacrifice
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.”
To punish someone
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