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Scapegoat

Scapegoat is the object of displaced aggression. In Biblical times the Israelites sent a pure white goat out to die in the wilderness once a year, on the Day of Atonement, carrying the sins of the people with it. Modem scapegoats are individuals or groups who are blamed for the frustrations of society which are in fact none of their making.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Scapegoat
- A goat upon whose head were symbolically placed the sins of the people, after which he was suffered to escape into the wilderness.
- Hence, a person or thing that is made to bear blame for others.
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