War dove

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

The metaphor has been extended more recently to the world of monetary policy, where central bankers are said to be doves or hawks by virtue of their inflationary or anti-inflationary views.[1]


  1. ^ I., G. (2013). "The Federal Reserve: A new hand on the tiller". The Economist. Retrieved 10 October 2013.