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hard core



  1. the permanent, dedicated, and completely faithful nucleus of a group or movement, as of a political party.
  2. an unyielding or intransigent element in a social or organizational structure, as that part of a group consisting of longtime adherents or those resistant to change.
  3. those whose condition seems to be without hope of remedy or change.
  4. Usually hardcore. a form of punk rock or other nonmainstream popular music played in an intense, harsh, and fast style with more emphasis on rhythm than on melody.


or hard·core

[ hahrd-kawr, -kohr ]


  1. unswervingly committed; uncompromising; dedicated:

    a hard-core segregationist.

  2. relating to or containing sexually arousing depictions that are very graphic or explicit: Compare soft-core.

    hard-core pornography.

  3. being so without apparent change or remedy; chronic:

    hard-core inflation; hard-core unemployment.

  4. very intense or extreme:

    hard-core workouts at the gym.

  5. Usually hardcore. noting or relating to the music genre hardcore, or the subculture, clothing style, etc., associated with it:

    hardcore t-shirts and jeans.

  6. noting or relating to video games that can only be mastered with advanced skill and are played in longer sessions, or noting a player of such games: Compare casual ( def 8 ).

    hard-core gaming.

hard core


  1. the members of a group or movement who form an intransigent nucleus resisting change
  2. material, such as broken bricks, stones, etc, used to form a foundation for a road, paving, building, etc


  1. (of pornography) describing or depicting sexual acts in explicit detail
  2. extremely committed or fanatical

    a hard-core Communist

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hard core1

First recorded in 1935–40

Origin of hard core2

First recorded in 1950–55

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Example Sentences

Whether you’re a hard core marathon runner or consider exercise to be whipping a vacuum around the living room — everyone is being encouraged to join in.

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“As a rule of thumb, the hard core don’t leave these movements until they’re ready to,” he said.

We’ve done a ton of research on that, and the fact is that meat lovers around the world—it doesn’t matter how hard core they are, where they live, or anything—they love that meat is delicious.

Politicians who openly associated with Duke, or his hard-core associates, did so at their own risk.

“We were taught with Reefer Madness that it was a hard-core drug and we should veer away from it,” she says.

Eric Cantor lost because hard-core voters think his kind keep selling out to Obama.

Hard-core Moscow supporters like Oleg Tsarev, a local parliament member, were chased out of town with bounties their heads.

That was a great, hard-core, intensive training—not for the camera, but for how to get coverage.

The hard core of human egotism is hardly to be dislodged except rudely.

Small size, a permanent hard core of officers and few bases as necessary.

He mustered a hard core of courage in himself, but it required distinct effort.

When it's all slivered up thin and flat there'll be a leetle hard core left inside at the top, and you must cut it out careful.

To that hard core the caste idea is being visibly worn down.


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