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torchbearer

[tawrch-bair-er] /ˈtɔrtʃˌbɛər ər/
noun
1.
a person who carries a torch.
2.
a leader in a movement, campaign, etc.:
a torchbearer of democracy.
Origin of torchbearer
1530-1540
1530-40; torch1 + bearer
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torchbearer

/ˈtɔːtʃˌbɛərə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that carries a torch
2.
a person who leads or inspires
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