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1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
burnt offering, collection, drink offering, dupe, ex voto offering, fall guy, front, goat, gull, heave offering, hecatomb, holocaust, human sacrifice, immolation, incense, infanticide, libation, mactation, man of straw, mark, oblation, offering, offertory, patsy, peace offering, piacular offering, sacramental offering, sacrifice, self-immolation, self-sacrifice, straw man, sucker, suttee, sutteeism, target, thank offering, victim, votive offering, whipping boy, whole offering
Dictionary Results for scapegoat:
1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
scapegoat
    n 1: someone who is punished for the errors of others [syn:
         scapegoat, whipping boy]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Scapegoat \Scape"goat`\, n. [Scape (for escape) + goat.]
   1. (Jewish Antiq.) A goat upon whose head were symbolically
      placed the sins of the people, after which he was suffered
      to escape into the wilderness. --Lev. xvi. 10.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. Hence, a person or thing that is made to bear blame for
      others. --Tennyson.
      [1913 Webster]

3. Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
Scapegoat
   Lev. 16:8-26; R.V., "the goat for Azazel" (q.v.), the name given
   to the goat which was taken away into the wilderness on the day
   of Atonement (16:20-22). The priest made atonement over the
   scapegoat, laying Israel's guilt upon it, and then sent it away,
   the goat bearing "upon him all their iniquities unto a land not
   inhabited."
   
     At a later period an evasion or modification of the law of
   Moses was introduced by the Jews. "The goat was conducted to a
   mountain named Tzuk, situated at a distance of ten Sabbath days'
   journey, or about six and a half English miles, from Jerusalem.
   At this place the Judean desert was supposed to commence; and
   the man in whose charge the goat was sent out, while setting him
   free, was instructed to push the unhappy beast down the slope of
   the mountain side, which was so steep as to insure the death of
   the goat, whose bones were broken by the fall. The reason of
   this barbarous custom was that on one occasion the scapegoat
   returned to Jerusalem after being set free, which was considered
   such an evil omen that its recurrence was prevented for the
   future by the death of the goat" (Twenty-one Years' Work in the
   Holy Land). This mountain is now called el-Muntar.
   

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