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hawkish (adj.)

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

updated on October 22, 2012

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Definitions of hawkish from WordNet

hawkish (adj.)
disposed to warfare or hard-line policies;
hawkish congressman
Synonyms: militant / warlike
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