[ (muk-ray-kuhrz) ]

Authors who specialize in exposing corruption in business, government, and elsewhere, especially those who were active at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Some famous muckrakers were Ida M. Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, and Upton Sinclair. President Theodore Roosevelt is credited with giving them their name.

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How to use muckrakers in a sentence

  • Unprincipled attacks are often made on me by political muckrakers.

  • He'll make your paper the official organ of the muckrakers' Union.

    The Clarion | Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • It became so savage and so wanton that the opening years of the twentieth century were well named "the age of the muckrakers."

    History of the United States | Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
  • There were several rising muckrakers, too, some of whom did free work on the side for socialist papers.

    The Harbor | Ernest Poole
  • Let the muckrakers worry and plan all they please for a sea-gate and a nation that's to run with its brains removed.

    The Harbor | Ernest Poole