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hawkish

[haw-kish]
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adjective
  1. resembling a hawk, as in appearance or behavior.
  2. advocating war or a belligerently threatening diplomatic policy.

Origin of hawkish

First recorded in 1835–45; hawk1 + -ish1
Related formshawk·ish·ly, adverbhawk·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hawkishly

hawkish

adjective
  1. favouring the use or display of force rather than diplomacy to achieve foreign policy goals
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Word Origin and History for hawkishly

hawkish

adj.

"hawk-like," by 1703, from hawk (n.) + -ish. Sense of "militaristic" is from 1965, from hawk in the transferred sense.

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