verb (used with object)
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.
British Dictionary definitions for scapegoat
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Culture definitions for scapegoat
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.