scapegoat

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (US)
    • IPA: /ˈskeɪpˌɡoʊt/
  • (UK)
    • IPA: /ˈskeɪpˌɡəʊt/
    • SAMPA: /"skeIp.g@Ut/
  • (file)

Noun[change]

Singular
scapegoat

Plural
scapegoats

  1. (countable), (biblical) A scapegoat is a goat that was released into the wilderness while another was killed in a ritual.
  2. (countable) A scapegoat is someone who is punished for a mistake that someone else made.
    Bobby broke the window, but Cynthia was made into the scapegoat and had to pay Mr. Lee for it.

Related words[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
scapegoat

Third-person singular
scapegoats

Past tense
scapegoated

Past participle
scapegoated

Present participle
scapegoating

  1. (transitive) If you scapegoat someone, you punish them for someone else's mistake.