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By forming a noun from a verb, the person that steals is called a stealer. What do you call a person that is being stolen from?

Is there a corresponding noun that denotes the object of this action, as there is for verbs like employ (employer, employee), call (caller, callee), etc.?

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Note that stealer is not as common as thief, robber, or burglar although it is a valid word. –  Mark Beadles Aug 29 '12 at 19:35

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There is no such single noun that I am aware of. We might say the one stolen from or the victim.

Colloquially you could find terms like the mark or the patsy but I would not recommend using them except under restricted circumstances and informal usage.

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Under restricted circumstances. Do you mean in prison? –  Edwin Ashworth Aug 29 '12 at 20:19
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I think "mark" and "patsy" are more commonly used for the victim of a fraud than a simple theft. "Victim" is an appropriate word, but a victim can be the target of any crime, from trespassing to murder, so you'd have to make clear what the crime is in context. –  Jay Aug 29 '12 at 20:50
    
@Jay I am just glad I did not marry a girl named Patsy, or would we be in for some bad luck. –  Mark Beadles Aug 29 '12 at 20:52

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