[haw-kish] /ˈhɔ kɪʃ/

resembling a , as in appearance or behavior.
advocating war or a belligerently threatening diplomatic policy.
favouring the use or display of force rather than diplomacy to achieve foreign policy goals

“hawk-like,” by 1703, from hawk (n.) + -ish. Sense of “militaristic” is from 1965, from hawk in the transferred sense.


The quality of being an advocate of a bellicose policy; belligerence: A few of the Republicans objected to Nixon’s hawkishness (1967+)


Having the attitude of one who advocates strong action on national policy: These people are as hawkish as Lyndon Johnson (1965+)


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