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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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, "Iranian students at Portland State hope ‘cooler heads will prevail’ as tensions with U.S. mount," 9 Jan. 2020 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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“War hawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20hawk. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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