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What is another word for scapegoat?

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Noun
One who acts as the fall guy for the mistakes or wrongdoings of others
“Lou explained that he was the scapegoat for the entire scandal.”
Noun
An unlikely winner or competitor in a contest or struggle
Noun
One who willingly sacrifices their life for adhering openly to one's beliefs
Noun
An animal, person, or object offered in the act of sacrifice
Noun
A person or type of person blamed by the public for various ills, as during a moral panic
Verb
To (conveniently) blame or condemn for a problem, typically without evidence
“They had tried not to scapegoat him as an evil man, a culprit, or a monstrous tyrant.”
Verb
To punish someone
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