hard core

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  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.

  1. those whose condition seems to be without hope of remedy or change.

  2. Usually hardcore . 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.

Origin of hard core

First recorded in 1935–40

Other definitions for hard-core (2 of 2)


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: hard-core pornography.: Compare soft-core.

  1. being so without apparent change or remedy; chronic: hard-core inflation; hard-core unemployment.

  2. very intense or extreme: hard-core workouts at the gym.

  3. Usually hardcore . noting or relating to the music genre hardcore, or the subculture, clothing style, etc., associated with it: hardcore t-shirts and jeans.

  4. 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: hard-core gaming.: Compare casual (def. 8).

Origin of hard-core

First recorded in 1950–55

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How to use hard core in a sentence

  • After me, she was hands-down the most hardcore player in our group.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • She wondered if “a few hardcore geeks” summed up the total audience for this project in any event.

    Makers | Cory Doctorow
  • Some of the real hardcore can get up to a million or so, twenty times hotter than Tabasco.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for hardcore (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɑːdˌkɔː) /

  1. a style of rock music characterized by short fast numbers with minimal melody and aggressive delivery

  2. a type of dance music with a very fast beat

British Dictionary definitions for hard core (2 of 2)

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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