Say I robbed you which makes you angry and then I blame you for being angry even though I caused it. So in a sense I'm accusing you falsely and making you a scapegoat. Is there a single word for what I should be called if I make false accusations in that specific way that I caused the situation even putting the blame on you ("scapegoat")?

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    An allegator, which is obsolete, by the way. But I kind of like it. Sounds like....
    – Lambie
    Feb 5, 2016 at 19:33
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    @Lambie Not to mean that. Wanker and tosser have the same very specific meaning and the same non-specific ones. Neither meaning is complimentary, but nor do they in any way imply false allegation.
    – WS2
    Feb 5, 2016 at 19:47
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    @Lambie You might say the allegator is crying crocodile tears :) .
    – Lawrence
    Feb 5, 2016 at 20:09
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    Sounds like the guy who murdered his parents and asks the judge to excuse him because he is an orphan.
    – bib
    Feb 5, 2016 at 20:18
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    Also sounds like a specific behavior pattern of a sociopath
    – bib
    Feb 5, 2016 at 20:21

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The term victim blaming, or blaming the victim has entered into common usage as seen in this Wikipedia article.

If you needed a noun or noun phrase, you could say victim blamer.


defamer de·fame (dĭ-fām′)

  1. To damage the reputation, character, or good name of (someone) by slander or libel.
  2. (Archaic) To disgrace.



One possibility to consider is propagandist. It's far too general a term to really specifically describe a false accuser. On the other hand, "false accusing" is such an integral part of propaganda, one could almost assume that most propagandists are false accusers.

A better choice would be demonizer - one who portrays others as corrupt or evil. However, the typical meaning of that word doesn't exactly match what you're looking for. Ditto for manipulator.

I think the most accurate term offered so far is bib's suggestion - victim blamer, though it sounds a little awkward to me.

It should also be pointed out, that this phenomenon isn't limited to the guilty people who point a finger at their accusers. Ordinary citizens also tend to howl with rage at whistle-blowers while ignoring (or even re-electing) the most corrupt politicians.

Also, corrupt individuals often goad their victims into anger, so they can turn around and say, "See, this person isn't mentally stable!"

In that spirit, you might also seek an answer on a psychology or philosophy forum. "What makes people ignore or even support criminals while attacking their accusers?" If a really good term for what you describe exists, I would love to know about it.

This question should be voted up, by the way!

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