The one of the two buck goats presented before the Lord on the Day of Atonement, chosen by lot to be the emissary goat, not sacrificed for sin, as his companion, but let go into the wilderness, symbolic of carrying the iniquities of the Chosen People into an uninhabited land; or, as some interpret the emissary goat to mean the evil spirit, symbolic of turning back on the evil spirit the sins which he instigated (Leviticus 8).

MLA Citation

  • “scapegoat”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 August 2013. Web. 27 February 2021. <>