scapegoat - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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/ˈskeɪpˌɡəʊt/
singularscapegoat
pluralscapegoats
  1. someone who is blamed for something that is not their fault, especially because someone else wants to avoid being blamed
    scapegoat for:

    She is being made a scapegoat for the commission’s own mistakes.