Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


The mass must have its heroes, but also its victims and scapegoats and the butts of its ridicule.

They are at once the servants and scapegoats of their parties.

These persons were called catharmata, which may be freely translated “scapegoats.”

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

Popular disappointment rarely fails in its search for scapegoats upon which to visit responsibility for misfortunes.

One or two scapegoats will satisfy the British public upon those few occasions when it rises up in a thirst for blood.

I was not the principal; I was only the scapegoat; principals rarely are made the scapegoats in that sort of business.

He deliberately chose to have scapegoats, lest he should have to take the responsibility for the harsher side of his policy.

English public opinion rightly appreciated the value of this criminal method of using Jews as scapegoats for political purposes.

Blueskins were scapegoats for all the fears and all the uneasiness a perhaps over-civilized world developed.