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scapegoat

  

      n  
1    a person made to bear the blame for others  
2      (Old Testament)   a goat used in the ritual of Yom Kippur (Leviticus 16); it was symbolically laden with the sins of the Israelites and sent into the wilderness to be destroyed  
      vb  
3    tr   to make a scapegoat of  
     (C16: from escape + goat, coined by William Tyndale to translate Biblical Hebrew azazel (probably) goat for Azazel, mistakenly thought to mean ``goat that escapes'')  
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scapegoat

  
  
fall guy     (informal)   whipping boy  

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Consulter aussi:

scape, scapegrace, scapolite, scapose

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