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English definition of “scapegoat”

scapegoat

noun [C]     /ˈskeɪp.ɡəʊt/ US  /-ɡoʊt/
a person who is blamed for something that someone else has done: The captain was made a scapegoat for the team's failure.Blaming and accusing
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