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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

muck•rakeˈmʌkˌreɪk(v.i.)-raked, -rak•ing.

  1. to search for and expose corruption, scandal, or the like, esp. in politics.

Origin of muckrake:

Amer.; popularized by T. Roosevelt in 1906, in a speech alluding to the Man with the Muckrake in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress

muck′rak`er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. muckraker, mudslinger(noun)

    one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage)

Wiktionary

  1. muckraker(Noun)

    One who investigates and exposes issues of corruption that often violate widely held values; e.g. one who exposes political corruption or the poor conditions in prisons.

  2. muckraker(Noun)

    A sensationalist, scandal-mongering journalist, one who is not driven by any social principles.

  3. muckraker(Noun)

    One of a group of American investigative reporters, novelists and critics of the Progressive Era (the 1890s to the 1920s)

  4. Origin: Believed to have been coined following a 1906 speech by United States President Theodore Roosevelt, in which he likened the investigative journalist to ‘the Man with the Muck-rake’, a character in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.

Freebase

  1. Muckraker

    The term muckraker refers to reform-minded journalists who wrote largely for popular magazines, continued a tradition of investigative journalism reporting, and emerged in the United States after 1900 and continued to be influential until World War I, when through a combination of advertising boycotts, dirty tricks and patriotism, the movement, associated with the Progressive Era in the United States, came to an end. Before World War I, the term "muckraker" was used to refer in a general sense to a writer who investigates and publishes truthful reports to perform an auditing or watchdog function. In contemporary use, the term describes either a journalist who writes in the adversarial or alternative tradition or a non-journalist whose purpose in publication is to advocate reform and change. Investigative journalists view the muckrakers as early influences and a continuation of watchdog journalism. The term is a reference to a character in John Bunyan's classic Pilgrim's Progress, "the Man with the Muck-rake" that rejected salvation to focus on filth. It became popular after President Theodore Roosevelt referred to the character in a 1906 speech.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. muckraker

    One who sits on the fence and defames American enterprise as it marches by.

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