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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

war′ hawk`(n.)

  1. Category: Common Vocabulary, Government

    Ref: hawk1 (def. 4). 1 1 4

  2. (caps.) any of the members of Congress who wanted war against Britain in the period leading up to the War of 1812.

    Category: Government

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hawk, war hawk(noun)

    an advocate of an aggressive policy on foreign relations

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  1. War hawk

    A war hawk, or simply hawk for short, is a term used in politics for someone favoring war in a debate over whether to go to war, or whether to continue or escalate an existing war. War hawks are the opposite of war doves. The terms are derived through analogy with the birds of the same name: hawks are predators which attack and feed on other animals, whereas doves mostly eat seeds and fruit, and are historically a symbol of peace.

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