- resembling a hawk, as in appearance or behavior.
- advocating war or a belligerently threatening diplomatic policy.
Origin of hawkish
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Examples from the Web for hawkishness
Still, she should remember that it was in large part her hawkishness—her pro-Iraq war vote—that cost her the nomination in 2008.So How Hawkish Is Hillary Clinton?
August 13, 2014
The first reason for British and French hawkishness is historical.European Hawks, American Doves
May 14, 2013
That majority does not seem to have embraced the referendum for particularly democratic reasons, but due to hawkishness.POLL: Israeli Jews Favor A Referendum
May 13, 2013
Both were seen as having shifted from hawkishness to dovishness on the peace process.The Abba Eban Factor
Brent E. Sasley
December 4, 2012
“Stop the baloney, Leslie,” said the tall, red-haired general famed for his hawkishness.The Forgotten Cold War: 20 Years Later, Myths About U.S. Victory Persist
Leslie H. Gelb
December 24, 2011
- favouring the use or display of force rather than diplomacy to achieve foreign policy goals
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Word Origin and History for hawkishness
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