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All I have so far, is a pseudo-antonym of what I actually want: Obscurantist. The word I need should be a person who was unwillingly plagued with sensitive information. It is more of a - I don't how to describe it - pitiful connotation. (To me, "infobearer" should work, allowing for the fact that such a word does not exist...)

For example, take Bob, who accidentally got himself exposed to top secret information of some organization. And now people are after him. He is a _____?

I need a single-word noun, not an adjective.

Edit: would secret-keeper or secret-holder do the trick?

  • Wouldn't it be brilliant if the word Fidelius (from Harry Potter) could mean this? :) – John Go-Soco Feb 21 at 9:44
  • @JohnGo-Soco Took me a while to recollect, but yes! However I need the noun form. In the harry potter context, another name for the Secret Keeper. – Jai Amruth Feb 21 at 9:49
  • In the Potterverse, the Secret Keeper is bound by the Fidelius Charm. But, I was basically saying that wouldn't it be great if a fidelius is a person who is bound by a secret. ;) – John Go-Soco Feb 21 at 10:04
  • He's burdened with a secret. – Hot Licks Feb 21 at 13:45
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    Bob is now their quarry. But he could have been their quarry for any reason (other than holding their sensitive information). – alwayslearning Feb 21 at 14:34
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I think "informant", "confidant" and "source" all seem relevant to your word search, but you probably would want to qualify them with an adjective tailored to the exact description and meaning that you want to relate. Your example suggests both "hapless"(pitiable sense) or "beleaguered"(plagued sense) might work for you.

For example, take Bob, who accidentally got himself exposed to top secret information of some organization. And now people are after him. He is a beleaguered informant to this day.

For example, take Bob, who accidentally got himself exposed to top secret information of some organization. And now people are after him. He is now a hapless source with no place to hide?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Informant https://www.thefreedictionary.com/confidant https://www.thefreedictionary.com/source

  • Informant is a close option to what I was looking for, thank you! (My previous option being quarry.) – Jai Amruth Feb 22 at 13:35
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The proper term for a secret keeper is a “confidant.” When unwillingly pressed into service, they become a “reluctant confidant.” May not be the one word you are looking for, but captures the use case you’ve described.

Definition of confidant (cf. Merriam-Webster):

  • one to whom secrets are entrusted.
  • It works in theory, but not in my context. Thank you anyway! – Jai Amruth Feb 21 at 14:48

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