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Looking for a word that means accusing someone else of what you are guilty of.

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So you are making them the scapegoat for your actions??.......I don't know if scapegoating is a real verb or not. –  Gary's Student Apr 29 at 17:35
    
Related. –  tchrist Jun 7 at 20:43

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Projecting or projection is the psychological name. Again at a psychological level, a person who lashes out rather than accept blame can be called defensive.

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The OP didn't really specify so it may not matter but I was curious... isn't projection done at a sub-conscious level? –  Keni Apr 29 at 18:38

Consider "buck passing" for blameshifting from self to another.

pass the buck: to blame someone or make someone responsible for a problem that you should deal with yourself.

"Never one to admit his errors, he passed the buck to his colleagues."

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Passing the buck, rather. –  choster Apr 29 at 17:53
    
@choster "buck passing," rather. –  Elian Apr 29 at 17:58
    
I can't seem to understand the downvote here. Would the person clarify why? –  Elian Apr 29 at 21:24

It's not specific to yourself, but you can make someone a scapegoat.

  1. a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.

Also used as a verb

  1. to make a scapegoat of: Strike leaders tried to scapegoat foreign competitors.
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It is a recognised psychological attitude called:

Playing the Blame Game

If something has gone wrong (or is not the way it should be), then someone other than myself must be identified and blamed for causing the situation. the blame game

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