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I am busy writing a report where I need a word which would mean "the recipient of pollution".

Specifically I want to mention domestic sewerage which has been polluted by industrial sewerage.

The reason I don't want to describe it is because the word I am looking for should be the header in the column of a table.

thank you all for the help around here!

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  • And therefore "recipient of pollution" is too long, right? Nov 15, 2013 at 10:14
  • that is the problem yes ... I would like to hammer the issue home by saying "victim" but it just sounds odd Nov 15, 2013 at 10:16
  • I've just seen the synonyms of "recipient" and there is no suitable word either. Hmm... Nov 15, 2013 at 10:17
  • If there are no synonyms applicable, you might want to resort to figure of speech. :) Nov 15, 2013 at 10:21
  • Maybe pollutee?
    – rsegal
    Nov 15, 2013 at 17:11

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How about contaminated? (here meaning subjected or exposed to contamination by the pollutant)

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  • Although it's an adjective, I think a noun-like use would work in something like a column heading, equivalent to "contaminated thing"
    – Chris H
    Nov 15, 2013 at 16:54
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"Victim" is more appropriate. That would be my choice if I were you. :)

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Though it is not a single word,

Affected Party could work. You could substitute the word 'party' with something more appropriate to your context like households.

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I don't know that a single word for this exists, and I can't think of a functional ending that can be applied well to derive one (pollutee, in my opinion, is ambiguous as the -ee ending often, but doesn't always, denote the recipient of the verb's action).

In this case, then, I'd simply recommend polluted (using the adjective as a noun) if you require a one-word answer. As suggested above, contaminated also works in the same way and for most contexts would probably be interchangeable.

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