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Russian translation of “scapegoat”

scapegoat

noun [C]     /ˈskeɪpɡəʊt/
someone who is blamed for a bad situation, although they have not caused it
козел отпущения
He was made a scapegoat for the disaster.Blaming and accusing
(Definition of scapegoat noun from the Cambridge English-Russian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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