Definition of Muckrake

1. Verb. Explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures. "This reporter was well-known for his muckraking"




Definition of Muckrake

1. v. i. To seek for, expose, or charge, esp. habitually, corruption, real or alleged, on the part of public men and corporations. On April 14, 1906, President Roosevelt delivered a speech on "The Man with the Muck Rake," in which he deprecated sweeping and unjust charges of corruption against public men and corporations. The phrase was taken up by the press, and the verb to muck"rake`, in the above sense, and the noun muck"rak`er (&?;), to designate one so engaged, were speedily coined and obtained wide currency. The original allusion was to a character in Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" so intent on raking up muck that he could not see a celestial crown held above him.

Definition of Muckrake

1. Verb. to search for and expose corruption or scandal especially as done by a journalist. ¹

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Definition of Muckrake

1. to search for and expose corruption [v -RAKED, -RAKING, -RAKES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Muckrake

muckiness
mucking
mucking in
mucking up
muckland
mucklands
muckle
muckled
muckles
muckling
muckluck
mucklucks
muckmidden
muckmiddens
muckology
muckrake (current term)
muckraked
muckraker
muckrakers
muckrakes
muckraking
mucks
mucks in
mucks up
muckspreader
muckspreaders
mucksy
muckworms

Literary usage of Muckrake

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. On English Poetry: Being an Irregular Approach to the Psychology of this Art by Robert Graves (1922)
"... XXXVII THE EDITOR WITH THE muckrake ORDINARY readers may deplore the habit of raking up the trivial and bad verse of good poets now long dead, ..."

2. The Christ that is to be by Lily Dougall (1907)
"CHAPTER IV THE SWORD AND THE muckrake IN the matter of international war the question is not to be solved in the present state of affairs. ..."

3. On English Poetry: Being an Irregular Approach to the Psychology of this Art by Robert Graves (1922)
"... XXXVII THE EDITOR WITH THE muckrake ORDINARY readers may deplore the habit of raking up the trivial and bad verse of good poets now long dead, ..."

4. The Christ that is to be by Lily Dougall (1907)
"CHAPTER IV THE SWORD AND THE muckrake IN the matter of international war the question is not to be solved in the present state of affairs. ..."

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