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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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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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Well, you could say "the robbed".

Some of those people who were robbed by the banking system in 2008 are still having a hard time, eleven years later.

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    But it would be unusual to use it that way, and probably cause the reader to stumble. – Colin Fine Jan 26 at 16:42

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