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What is another word for scapegoat?

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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.”
An unlikely winner or competitor in a contest or struggle
One who willingly sacrifices their life for adhering openly to one's beliefs
An animal, person, or object offered in the act of sacrifice
A person or type of person blamed by the public for various ills, as during a moral panic
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.”
To punish someone
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