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synonyms for scapegoats

  • fall guy
  • chump
  • doormat
  • dupe
  • fool
  • goat
  • gull
  • mark
  • patsy
  • pigeon
  • pushover
  • sacrifice
  • sap
  • schmuck
  • stooge
  • sucker
  • victim
  • weakling
  • another's action boob
  • easy mark
  • sitting duck
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How to use scapegoats in a sentence

The desire seems to be, if possible, to make scapegoats of those who are fortunate.
ETHICS IN SERVICEWILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
But the affair caused great scandal, and they seem to have been made the scapegoats.
THE COLLEGE, THE MARKET, AND THE COURTCAROLINE H. DALL
Minor officials, made scapegoats for chief offenders, were no longer to be tolerated.
RAILROADS: RATES AND REGULATIONSWILLIAM Z. RIPLEY
Here in their sacrificial crate were the luckless scapegoats, sad-eyed prey of the propeller.
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, VOLUME 14, NO. 85, NOVEMBER, 1864VARIOUS
He was less a criminal than one of those periodic scapegoats sacrificed to veil the errors of greater and more powerful men.
FROM THE NORTH FORELAND TO PENZANCECLIVE HOLLAND
Blueskins were scapegoats for all the fears and all the uneasiness a perhaps over-civilized world developed.
PARIAH PLANETMURRAY LEINSTER
In France the Jews became by turns the victims of royal rapacity and the scapegoats of popular fanaticism.
JEWISH HISTORYS. M. DUBNOW
How many scapegoats will Prance sacrifice before it occurs to her to beat her own breast in penitence?
AMIEL'S JOURNALHENRI-FRDRIC AMIEL
They not only fled, but they allowed themselves in their absence to be made the scapegoats of the hierarchy.
UNDER THE PROPHET IN UTAHFRANK J. CANNON AND HARVEY J. O'HIGGINS
Encouraging responsibility is not a search for scapegoats, it is a call to conscience.
UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS' INAUGURAL SPEECHESVARIOUS
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