war hawk


Definition of war hawk

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for war hawk


hawk, jingo, jingoist, militarist, warmonger


dove, pacifist, peacenik

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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

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Should America be worried that Trump is filling his Cabinet with war hawks? Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Californian and White House veteran offers clarity on Washington’s chaos," 12 Apr. 2018 Carvey explained, referencing Bolton’s reputation as a war hawk. Time, "Dana Carvey Was Born to Argue With Stephen Colbert as 'Madman' John Bolton," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of war hawk

1798, in the meaning defined above

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