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scapegoat
  • noun
    A person who is blamed for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults of others, especially for reasons of expediency. (They might be poor - and society tends to use the poor as scapegoats for the wrong doings of the big hands - but not all bad.)
    (in the Bible) a goat sent into the wilderness after the Jewish chief priest had symbolically laid the sins of the people upon it (Lev. 16). (Like the dogs, the scapegoats were, Strelan argues, central to the purificatory rites of Asia Minor where the churches addressed in Revelation are located.)

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