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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: scape (from scape 'to get away' (13-20 centuries), from escape) + goat; meant as a translation of Hebrew 'azazel (probably the name of an evil spirit in the Bible), as if it were 'ez 'ozel 'goat that leaves'

scapegoat

noun
     
scape‧goat [countable]
someone who is blamed for something bad that happens, even if it is not their fault
scapegoat for
She believed she had been made a scapegoat for what happened.
scapegoat verb [transitive]

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