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scapegoat

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Definition someone blamed or punished for the errors of others
  • She is a convenient scapegoat because she was chosen by the last administration.
scapegoat = someone to blame for the errors of others
(editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • The press will continue to investigate unless we produce a scapegoat.
  • scapegoat = someone to blame for the errors of others
    (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • You threw them off at the river. They can't admit it. ... So they're sniffing for a scapegoat to end things with a bang.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • scapegoat = someone to blame or punish
    (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • That's why they are always looking for a scapegoat, someone else to blame.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • scapegoat = someone blamed or punished for the errors of others
    (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • He's my forever scapegoat, really.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • Like the scapegoat of the Bible, place society's ills on them, then "stone them" in absolution.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • His tantalizing words "I'm just a patsy" hung in the air, suggesting that he was some sort of scapegoat.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • She couldn't see why Mrs. Touchett should make a scapegoat of a woman who had really done no harm, who had only done good in the wrong way.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • This didn't satisfy many people, and a second scapegoat soon emerged: the firefighters.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • For residents of the block, support for Prop 187 wasn't a nativist reaction or scapegoating in tight economic times.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • If the attempt at rescue failed and more children were sacrificed than were saved, scapegoats had been set up to absorb the blame.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • If the poison was his doing .... well, he will need a scapegoat.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • Well, they've chosen their scapegoat, they've made me write the column of criticism and so life was made possible.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • The soldier who used Day as a convenient scapegoat.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • No. But if it makes you feel better to think that I am one, you are welcome to use me as your scapegoat.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • The people of Rome were sure you'd started the Great Fire, so you scapegoated the Christians."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • They had lived in peace, a haven for Will's sharp scapegoat pain, looking on from a distance at Millie's resounding destructions.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • This was his scapegoat; but his excitement was caused by something quite different.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • (editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
  • The Rwandan genocide was a carefully planned case of scapegoating, launched by a government of the majority against a powerless minority.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Then they just made him the scapegoat, didn't they?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
(editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)

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