Definition of 'scapegoat'
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I don't know why I held that back; maybe I was worried about her being the obvious scapegoat, even to a supposedly new man like Bill. DEAD BEAT (2002)Only the ones who had betrayed her: whose whole instinct seemed to be to use her as a scapegoat. SPLITTING (2002)
They seem like they're looking for a scapegoat for a situation that doesn't demand one. THE KILL CLAUSE (2002)
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Translations for 'scapegoat'
British English: scapegoat NOUN
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.
I don't deserve to be made the scapegoat for a couple of bad results.
British English: scapegoat VERB
To scapegoat someone means to blame them publicly for something bad that has happened, even though it was not their fault.
Ethnic minorities are continually scapegoated for the lack of jobs.
- American English: scapegoat
- Brazilian Portuguese: tomar como bode expiatório
- Chinese: 找...当替罪羊
- European Spanish: acusar injustamente
- French: faire un bouc émissaire de
- German: zum Sündenbock machen
- Italian: biasimare ingiustamente
- Japanese: スケープゴートにする
- Korean: 죄를 뒤집어 씌우다
- European Portuguese: tomar como bode expiatório
- Spanish: acusar injustamente
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