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Noun: scapegoat  'skeyp,gowt
  1. Someone who is punished for the errors of others
    - whipping boy, goat [N. Amer]
Verb: scapegoat  'skeyp,gowt
  1. Make a scapegoat of

Derived forms: scapegoated, scapegoating, scapegoats

Type of: victim

Encyclopedia: Scapegoat