how to pronounce scapegoat


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scapegoat is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of scapegoat in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… Kimmel was made a scapegoat for failures …”

meanings of scapegoat


  1. Someone punished for the error or errors of someone else.
  2. In the Mosaic Day of Atonement ritual, a goat symbolically imbued with the sins of the people, and sent out alive into the wilderness while another was sacrificed.


  1. To punish someone for the error or errors of someone else; to make a scapegoat of.
  2. To blame something for the problems of a given society without evidence to back up the claim.

scapegoat frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word scapegoat occurs in english on average 1.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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