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  • adj. Supportive of warlike foreign policy; bellicose; inclined toward military action.
  • adj. Favouring increasing interest rates; inclined towards increasing interest rates.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or resembling a hawk; rapacious; fierce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. disposed to warfare or hard-line policies


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hawk +‎ -ish


  • Economists noted, though, that the tone of the minutes of the December MPC meeting had turned "hawkish" - suggesting rate rises are now more likely than a second round of quantitative easing. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Front and center, at least in the early chapters of this "Prey" episode (others include "Shadow Prey," "Wicked Prey" etc.) is Weather Karkinnen, the surgeon wife of the Porsche-driving, hockey-playing, "hawkish" - nosed Minnesota State Police investigator Davenport.

    Book review of John Sandford's "Storm Prey"

  • The second category, those that could be described as hawkish on Israel, Mr. Mearsheimer calls the "New Afrikaners."

    Professor Mearsheimer and His Useful Jews

  • He had what could appropriately be called a hawkish look.


  • One ministry official wondered whether the U.S. was under 'external pressure' to be more 'hawkish' on human rights in Egypt or whether the U.S. intervention was 'retribution' for U.S.

    Obama Proposed Cutting Funding To Promote Democracy In Egypt

  • Still, ING Groep NV economist Martin van Vliet said the rise in inflation means the ECB will almost certainly adopt a "hawkish" anti-inflation tone at its news conference following the meeting — but it has no reason to raise borrowing costs just yet, because wages haven't risen in step with prices.

    Inflation Surges in the Euro Zone

  • The likely nominees are expected to be a key counterweight to the Fed's most "hawkish" policy makers — those who generally place inflation risks as a higher concern over unemployment, compared with "dovish" members who generally prefer lower interest rates for a longer period when joblessness is high.

    Likely Fed Picks Back Low Rates

  • "The voting arithmetic may indicate that a 'hawkish' bias persists within the MPC but our interpretation of the July minutes is that there has been a dovish shift in the balance of opinion the upside risks to inflation are depicted as rather more ephemeral than the downside ones," said Ross Walker, U.K. economist at Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC.

    BOE Pondered Easing Policy

  • Biden -- somewhat surprisingly, given his "hawkish" credentials -- has been one of the more outspoken Dems opposing plans for an escalation of the Iraq conflict.

    Biden: White House Has Concluded Iraq War Is Lost

  • This sort of thing will thrill Democrats who want to see how a Democratic presidential candidate will fare if he adopts something other than the oft-employed "hawkish" rhetoric that's supposedly necessary for Dems to win an argument with Republicans about national security.

    Obama Responds To McCain: "Strong" Presidents Aren't Afraid To Meet With Enemies


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