Definition of muckraking noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmʌkreɪkɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌkreɪkɪŋ//
[uncountable] (informal, disapproving)
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the activity of looking for information about people’s private lives that they do not wish to make public the sort of journalism that specializes in political muckraking Word Origincoined by President Theodore Roosevelt in a speech (1906) referring to Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and the man with the muck rake.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: muckraking