Definition of hawkish in English:



  • 1Resembling a hawk in nature or appearance.

    ‘his hawkish nose’
    • ‘A hawkish nose stretched out from his face and golden-silver hair fell around his shoulders.’
    • ‘For his grand home-coming, the characteristic hawkish frown and razor sharp intellect were cast aside to reveal the softer side of the man who brought history to the masses.’
    • ‘Tall and slim, his neatly-parted silver hair and rimless spectacles sit atop a hawkish nose and ice-blue eyes that are almost a caricature of the Prussian officer.’
    • ‘It's an unglamorous performance and the director makes full use of her hard, hawkish features.’
    • ‘I really did want to learn the instrument and I was scared to death that the tall, slender woman with the hawkish features wouldn't like me and would call the whole thing off.’
    • ‘He had a hawkish nose, a feature that marred his otherwise handsome face.’
    • ‘Beatrice's father was a wiry, elderly-looking gentleman with a frizzy gray goatee and a bent, hawkish nose.’
    • ‘His nose was hawkish but it suited him, as did the high cheekbones and cynical quirk of his mouth.’
    • ‘They have hawkish noses, receding chins and luxuriant mullets that fall to their jeans.’
    • ‘Yet above that hawkish nose, his eyes still held that knowing look.’
    • ‘He leaned forward, his sharp, hawkish nose looking almost absurdly dangerous.’
    • ‘His hawkish features narrowed as they studied me.’
  • 2Advocating an aggressive or warlike policy, especially in foreign affairs.

    ‘the administration's hawkish stance’
    • ‘What I find illuminating - and, frankly, horrifying - is that there are people for whom he is not hawkish enough.’
    • ‘He became known for his hawkish views against the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘Even in hawkish circles, the closer war has come, the less enthusiasm there seems to be for it.’
    • ‘In a hawkish, emotional speech to the Romanian parliament, Tony Blair said Milosevic was the real target of the war.’
    • ‘When that man was in charge of monetary policy, he was known as the most hawkish Reserve Bank governor in the entire developed world.’
    • ‘He needs support within the army, and many senior generals are hawkish.’
    • ‘I'm probably the most hawkish person I know on the subject.’
    • ‘The new cabinet has something of a hawkish feel to it.’
    • ‘Even the more hawkish leaders have had peace as their priority, often making the boldest concessions.’
    • ‘Though hawkish himself, he is regarded as pragmatic in his approach.’
    • ‘Such statements come from hawkish traditionalists peeved that they didn't get the all-out war they wanted.’
    • ‘A few months ago his views were all the rage in hawkish circles.’
    • ‘NATO ally Turkey has shown no sympathy for the hawkish stance taken by London and Washington.’
    • ‘Some began a move to the right, to an even harder and more hawkish anticommunism.’
    • ‘His remarks impute to Jewishness itself a hawkish pro-Israeli bias.’
    • ‘After the cold war, leaders who had been brought up on a diet of protest and peace marches became the most hawkish political generation yet.’
    • ‘He's the man who helped persuade hawkish editors at influential Newsweek magazine to oppose the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘If anything, the Democrats have the more hawkish record on foreign policy.’
    • ‘The South is more hawkish on foreign policy, according to the data, while the East and West Coast states are the most dovish.’
    aggressive, belligerent, warmongering, warring, bellicose, pugnacious, combative, bloodthirsty, gung-ho, jingoistic, sabre-rattling
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