Synonyms of 'scapegoat'
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If 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.
They blamed the army for most of the atrocities.
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 .