verb (used with object)
- scanzoni's maneuver,
- scapa flow,
- scape wheel,
Origin of scapegoat
Examples from the Web for scapegoat
They are vouching for Shadman, saying he is a scapegoat of a shoddy investigation.
Smith, the current police chief, called Lee a “scapegoat” who was “thrown to the wolves” to satisfy political critics.Florida Cops on What Ferguson Can Learn From Trayvon|Chris Francescani|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Contending that he was being used as a scapegoat, Palmer asked for a trade.
But the choice of a scapegoat is never really arbitrary, as scholar René Girard has shown in his classic study of the phenomenon.
The scapegoat is invariably an outsider, existing at the margins of a community, and resisting its core values.
How could he deliberately become the scapegoat of so many crimes to which he had been an utter stranger?The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
The contractors, then, were going to try to clear themselves, and he was to be made the scapegoat.The Walking Delegate|Leroy Scott
"I make no remarks," said the Scapegoat, in her quietest tones.Peggy|Laura E. Richards
In short, Starlight Tom is the scapegoat of the neighbourhood; but so cunning and adroit, that there is no detecting him.Bracebridge Hall|Washington Irving
The facts were, popular clamor demanded a scapegoat and Ames was selected.The Story of the First Trans-Continental Railroad|W. F. Bailey.
Word Origin for scapegoat
1530, "goat sent into the wilderness on the Day of Atonement, symbolic bearer of the sins of the people," coined by Tyndale from scape (n.) + goat to translate Latin caper emissarius, itself a translation in Vulgate of Hebrew 'azazel (Lev. xvi:8,10,26), which was read as 'ez ozel "goat that departs," but which others hold to be the proper name of a devil or demon in Jewish mythology (sometimes identified with Canaanite deity Aziz).
Jerome's reading also was followed by Martin Luther (der ledige Bock), Symmachus (tragos aperkhomenos), and others (cf. French bouc émissaire), but the question of who, or what (or even where) is meant by 'azazel is a vexed one. The Revised Version (1884) simply restores Azazel. But the old translation has its modern defenders:
Azazel is an active participle or participial noun, derived ultimately from azal (connected with the Arabic word azala, and meaning removed), but immediately from the reduplicate form of that verb, azazal. The reduplication of the consonants of the root in Hebrew and Arabic gives the force of repetition, so that while azal means removed, azalzal means removed by a repetition of acts. Azalzel or azazel, therefore, means one who removes by a series of acts. ... The interpretation is founded on sound etymological grounds, it suits the context wherever the word occurs, it is consistent with the remaining ceremonial of the Day of Atonement, and it accords with the otherwise known religious beliefs and symbolical practices of the Israelites. [Rev. F. Meyrick, "Leviticus," London, 1882]
Meaning "one who is blamed or punished for the mistakes or sins of others" first recorded 1824; the verb is attested from 1943. Related: Scapegoated; scapegoating. For the formation, cf. scapegrace, also scape-gallows "one who deserves hanging."
A person or group that is made to bear blame for others. According to the Old Testament, on the Day of Atonement, a priest would confess all the sins of the Israelites over the head of a goat and then drive it into the wilderness, symbolically bearing their sins away.