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scapegoat

scape·goat

scapegoat

 
 
pronunciation:
skeIp got
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition: one made to bear the blame for the wrongs of others.
The police chief fired the officer in question, but the problem in the department was much larger and the young officer was just a scapegoat.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: scapegoated, scapegoating, scapegoats
definition: to make into a scapegoat.