Origin of dove1
Examples from the Web for dovish
We must get over this dovish thing, this lily-livered and feline urge to withdraw from battle.
No Republican presidential candidate in recent memory has won the nomination on a dovish or non-interventionist platform.Is Rand Paul a Secret Hawk? Or Maybe Not a Total Dove?|James Kirchick|May 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If he chooses to take the plunge, he will likely find himself alone in the dovish end of the GOP pool.Will Rand Paul’s Unorthodox Foreign Policy Fit in the GOP?|Kristen Soltis Anderson|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even those who simply wished to reform the rabbinate lost out, as the dovish candidate, Rabbi David Stav, was soundly defeated.
This is particularly true for younger voters, who now constitute the most dovish segment of the population.Why Obama Has Gone on Political Offensive Against Romney Over Iran|Peter Beinart|September 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
- a greyish-brown colour
- (as adjective)dove walls
Word Origin for dove
probably from Old English dufe- (found only in compounds), from Proto-Germanic *dubon (cf. Old Saxon duba, Old Norse dufa, Swedish duva, Middle Dutch duve, Dutch duif, Old High German tuba, German Taube, Gothic -dubo), perhaps related to words for "dive," in reference to its flight.
Originally applied to all pigeons, now mostly restricted to the turtle dove. A symbol of gentleness from early Christian times, also of the Holy Spirit (cf. Gen. viii:8-12), and of peace and deliverance from anxiety; political meaning "person who advocates peace" attested by 1917, from the Christian dove of peace.
past tense of dive (q.v.).