In English usage, a person who bears the blame which properly falls on others; in OT (Lev. 16: 8, 10) a goat was chosen ‘for Azazel’ (the name of a demon) and instead of being sacrificed it was released into the desert, symbolically carrying with it the sins of the people to a place of no return. It is a theme not used in the NT; it might have been expected at Heb. 9: 7. But, later, it becomes part of Christian piety (e.g. epistle of Barnabas, 7: 7–11).