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Azazʹel

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The scape-goat; so called by the Jews, because the high priest cast lots on two goats; one lot was for the Lord, and the other lot for Azazʹel or Satan, and the goat on which the latter lot fell was the scape-goat.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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