hawkish

[ haw-kish ]
/ ˈhɔ kɪʃ /

adjective

resembling a hawk, as in appearance or behavior.
advocating war or a belligerently threatening diplomatic policy.

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Origin of hawkish

First recorded in 1835–45; hawk1 + -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM hawkish

hawk·ish·ly, adverbhawk·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hawkish

hawkish
/ (ˈhɔːkɪʃ) /

adjective

favouring the use or display of force rather than diplomacy to achieve foreign policy goals
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