There's a word for someone that betrays, eg. the traitor and I wondered, is there a specific, single english word that means, "someone that was a victim of a betrayal"? So something that isn't broad and can be used for a variety of scenarios such as victim.

  • Not sure if there's a single word. Look into "betrayal trauma". It's a term often associated with victims of betrayal. Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 23:42
  • You should say someone who not someone that.
    – tchrist
    Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 0:00
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    Betrayed works just fine. "The betrayed often find it difficult to trust again."
    – David M
    Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 0:56
  • The betrayer betrayed the betrayee? Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 18:34

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Someone who has been betrayed can simply be referred to as "the betrayed".

This is similar to how you would say "the deceased", as in -

  • Half the services I've been to, the presiding reverend never met the deceased and still managed to say something nice.

Therefore, "the betrayed" works just fine. Taking David M's example from the comments -

"The betrayed often find it difficult to trust again."


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