Definition of pharmakos in English:

pharmakos

Pronunciation /ˈfɑːməkɒs/

noun

  • A scapegoat; specifically one chosen in ancient Greece to atone for a crime or misfortune.

Origin

Early 20th century. From ancient Greek ϕαρμακός scapegoat from ϕάρμακον medicine, with alteration of accent and gender: the scapegoat representing a personified remedy.