Antonyms for muckraker

Grammar : Noun
Spell : muhk-reyk
Phonetic Transcription : ˈmʌkˌreɪk

Definition of muckraker

Origin :
  • c.1600, "one who rakes muck," from muck (n.) + agent noun from rake (v.). Meaning "one who inquires into and publishes scandal and allegations of corruption among political and business leaders," popularized 1906 in speech by President Theodore Roosevelt, in reference to "man ... with a Muckrake in his hand" in Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" (1684) who seeks worldly gain by raking filth.
  • The men with the muck-rakes are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck. [T. Roosevelt, quoted in "Cincinnati Enquirer," April 15, 1906.]
  • Muckrake in sense "person who hunts scandal" is attested from 1872. To muckrake (v.) in the literal sense is from 1879; figuratively from 1910. Related: Muckraking.
  • As in shrew : noun mean lady
  • As in niggler : noun critic
  • As in nitpicker : noun critic
  • As in quibbler : noun critic
  • As in critic : noun faultfinder, detractor
Example sentences :
  • And when the term "muckraker" came into use, I remember his deep satisfaction.
  • Extract from : « The Harbor » by Ernest Poole
  • For some moments the muckraker considered the statement thoughtfully.
  • Extract from : « Once Upon A Time » by Richard Harding Davis
  • Muckraker: One who sits on the fence and defames American enterprise as it marches by.
  • Extract from : « The Roycroft Dictionary » by Elbert Hubbard
  • It was a relief not to be accepted only as Everett the Muckraker, as a professional reformer, as one holier than others.
  • Extract from : « Once Upon A Time » by Richard Harding Davis
  • A loyal Adopted Son of California, a novelist and muckraker, returned a few years ago to the beloved land of his adoption.
  • Extract from : « The Native Son » by Inez Haynes Irwin
  • A somewhat similar experiment was concerned with a magazine editor and a life-size mannikin made up to resemble a muckraker.
  • Extract from : « The Patient Observer » by Simeon Strunsky
  • What a drop for Joe, from what he had been, to this wretched violent little sheet, this muckraker of the ocean world.
  • Extract from : « The Harbor » by Ernest Poole

Synonyms for muckraker

Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019