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



BrE BrE//ˈskeɪpɡəʊt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪpɡoʊt//
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a person who is blamed for something bad that somebody else has done or for some failure synonym fall guy She felt she had been made a scapegoat for her boss's incompetence. They are being made the scapegoats for all the ills of society. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from archaic scape ‘escape’ + goat.

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