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noun as in person who takes blame for

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There is the smell here of an indecent rush for scapegoats, even before we know what really caused this crash.

President Barack Obama has long used lobbyists as scapegoats.

Scapegoats may seem like random victims, because they are (by definition) not responsible for the evils attributed to them.

Only the scapegoats change as new immigrants arrive and the old ones move through the class barriers.

Western activism is causing more harm than good to a continent making LGBT people into scapegoats for colonialism.

The desire seems to be, if possible, to make scapegoats of those who are fortunate.

But the affair caused great scandal, and they seem to have been made the scapegoats.

Minor officials, made scapegoats for chief offenders, were no longer to be tolerated.

Here in their sacrificial crate were the luckless scapegoats, sad-eyed prey of the propeller.

He was less a criminal than one of those periodic scapegoats sacrificed to veil the errors of greater and more powerful men.


On this page you'll find 21 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to scapegoats, such as: fall guy, fool, pushover, stooge, sucker, and sacrifice.

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