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hawkish

[haw-kish] /ˈhɔ kɪʃ/
adjective
1.
resembling a hawk, as in appearance or behavior.
2.
advocating war or a belligerently threatening diplomatic policy.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; hawk1 + -ish1
Related forms
hawkishly, adverb
hawkishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hawkishness

hawkish

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hawkishness

hawkishness

noun

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


hawkish

adjective

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


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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