Synonyms of scapegoat
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accuseIf you accuse someone of doing something wrong or dishonest, you say or tell them that you believe that they did it.
• He accused her of having an affair with another man.
point a or the finger atallegeblame fordenounceattribute tohold responsible forimpute blame to
• They blamed the army for most of the atrocities.
hold responsibleaccusedenounceindictimpeachincriminateimputerecriminatepoint a or the finger at
• A sacrificial victim was thrown to the judicial authorities.
Thesaurus for scapegoat from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you say that someone is made a scapegoat for something bad that has happened , you mean that people blame them and may punish them for it although it may not be their fault .