- any bird of the family Columbidae, especially the smaller species with pointed tails.Compare pigeon1(def 1).
- a pure white member of this species, used as a symbol of innocence, gentleness, tenderness, and peace.
- (initial capital letter) a symbol for the Holy Ghost.
- an innocent, gentle, or tender person.
- Also called peace dove. a person, especially one in public office, who advocates peace or a conciliatory national attitude.Compare hawk1(def 4).
- dove color.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Columba.
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.Only Iraq Can Save Itself From Chaos
June 26, 2014
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?
May 9, 2014
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
Even those who simply wished to reform the rabbinate lost out, as the dovish candidate, Rabbi David Stav, was soundly defeated.What to Make of the Chief Rabbi Results
July 25, 2013
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
September 25, 2012
- the Dove Christianity a manifestation of the Holy Spirit (John 1:32)
- any of various birds of the family Columbidae, having a heavy body, small head, short legs, and long pointed wings: order Columbiformes. They are typically smaller than pigeonsRelated adjective: columbine
- politics a person opposed to warCompare hawk 1 (def. 3)
- a gentle or innocent person: used as a term of endearment
- a greyish-brown colour
- (as adjective)dove walls
- mainly US a past tense of dive
Word Origin and History for dovish
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.).