Definition of scapegoat verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scapegoat

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈskeɪpɡəʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪpɡoʊt//
 
scapegoat somebody/somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scapegoat
BrE BrE//ˈskeɪpɡəʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪpɡoʊt//
 
he / she / it scapegoats
BrE BrE//ˈskeɪpɡəʊts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪpɡoʊts//
 
past simple scapegoated
BrE BrE//ˈskeɪpɡəʊtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪpɡoʊtɪd//
 
past participle scapegoated
BrE BrE//ˈskeɪpɡəʊtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪpɡoʊtɪd//
 
-ing form scapegoating
BrE BrE//ˈskeɪpɡəʊtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪpɡoʊtɪŋ//
 
 
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to blame somebody/something for a failure or for something bad that another person has done The community chose to ignore its own failings and to scapegoat her instead.

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