resembling a hawk, as in appearance or behavior.
advocating war or a belligerently threatening diplomatic policy.
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- hawk·ish·ly, adverb
- hawk·ish·ness, noun
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How to use hawkish in a sentence
Having already bashed Graham on Tuesday night for his hawkish support of the Afghanistan War—the senator again appeared on Hannity’s show that evening—Carlson expanded his criticism of Graham’s Afghanistan record on Wednesday night.Tucker Mocks Lindsey Graham’s ‘Fundraising’ Fox Interviews: ‘It’s Political Televangelism’ | Justin Baragona | September 2, 2021 | The Daily Beast
In any case, the hawkish posture that he assumed as Ford’s defense secretary defined the rest of his political career.Donald H. Rumsfeld, influential but controversial Bush defense secretary, dies at 88 | Bradley Graham | June 30, 2021 | Washington Post
As Berlin begins to become more hawkish on China, so may the EU.Exclusive: German official quashed intelligence report on China's influence | Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian | October 6, 2020 | Axios
He had a reputation for being fiscally hawkish and clashed with his boss over financial decisions.Morning Report: Tensions, Then a Pricey Resignation at National School District | Voice of San Diego | July 20, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
This trend has been confirmed by the fourth resurrection of the infamously hawkish Committee on the Present Danger, a group of national security experts, think tank members and former military staff, some with links to the far right.George Floyd Protests Show How The US Has Retreated From Its Position As A World Leader | LGBTQ-Editor | June 9, 2020 | No Straight News
But, under the hawkish eye of the media and through a heavily active social media presence, she carried on as usual.Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability on ‘The Pinkprint’ | Rawiya Kameir | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Is she too hawkish for the activists who helped make her vote for the Iraq War so costly back in the 2008 campaign?
Conservatives who favor a hawkish foreign policy will claim otherwise, of course.
Later in that same show, guest Hillary Clinton hawked her new book together with her hawkish views on the Middle East.How Jon Stewart Made It Okay to Care About Palestinian Suffering | Dean Obeidallah | July 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of course, Clinton has always been more hawkish on Iraq than Obama.Hillary Clinton Pushed Obama to Keep Troops in Iraq | Josh Rogin | June 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Luftwaffe Marshal gasped, but swallowed the cry of fright as Dave's gun came within ten inches of his thin, hawkish nose.Dave Dawson with the Commandos | R. Sidney Bowen
His eyes were large and gray; his nose of a hawkish shape; his lips very thin.
His long face had a hawkish cast, and it was gray, not with age, but with the sage-gray of the desert.The Heritage of the Desert | Zane Grey
His hawkish features, upturned moustache, and colourless skin gave him a truly Machiavellian aspect.A Lively Bit of the Front | Percy F. Westerman
The proprietor, a drawn, unhappy looking creature, and a hawkish looking German assistant welcomed me cordially.The Conquest | Oscar Micheaux
British Dictionary definitions for hawkish
favouring the use or display of force rather than diplomacy to achieve foreign policy goals
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