war hawk

noun

Definition of war hawk

: a person who clamors for war especially : a jingoistic American favoring war with Britain around 1812

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Examples of war hawk in a Sentence

war hawks in the cabinet who urged the President to respond to the threat with armed force
Recent Examples on the Web Justin, whose real name The Oregonian/OregonLive has agreed to withhold for both his safety and that of his family in Iran, fears the attacks give credibility to war hawks in both nations. oregonlive, 9 Jan. 2020 Should America be worried that Trump is filling his Cabinet with war hawks? Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2018 Carvey explained, referencing Bolton’s reputation as a war hawk. Time, 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of war hawk

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of war hawk was in 1798

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“War hawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20hawk. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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