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[ haw-kish ]


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


/ ˈhɔːkɪʃ /


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

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  • hawkish·ly adverb
  • hawkish·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hawkish1

First recorded in 1835–45; hawk 1 + -ish 1

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Example Sentences

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.

In any case, the hawkish posture that he assumed as Ford’s defense secretary defined the rest of his political career.

As Berlin begins to become more hawkish on China, so may the EU.

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He had a reputation for being fiscally hawkish and clashed with his boss over financial decisions.

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.

But, under the hawkish eye of the media and through a heavily active social media presence, she carried on as usual.

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.

Of course, Clinton has always been more hawkish on Iraq than Obama.

The Luftwaffe Marshal gasped, but swallowed the cry of fright as Dave's gun came within ten inches of his thin, hawkish nose.

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.

His hawkish features, upturned moustache, and colourless skin gave him a truly Machiavellian aspect.

The proprietor, a drawn, unhappy looking creature, and a hawkish looking German assistant welcomed me cordially.





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