hard core


the permanent, dedicated, and completely faithful nucleus of a group or movement, as of a political party.
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.
those whose condition seems to be without hope of remedy or change.
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.



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Origin of hard core

First recorded in 1935–40

Definition for hard core (2 of 2)


or hard·core

[ hahrd-kawr, -kohr ]
/ ˈhɑrdˈkɔr, -ˈkoʊr /


unswervingly committed; uncompromising; dedicated: a hard-core segregationist.
relating to or containing sexually arousing depictions that are very graphic or explicit: hard-core pornography.Compare soft-core.
being so without apparent change or remedy; chronic: hard-core inflation; hard-core unemployment.
very intense or extreme: hard-core workouts at the gym.
Usually hardcore . noting or relating to the music genre hardcore, or the subculture, clothing style, etc., associated with it: hardcore t-shirts and jeans.
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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British Dictionary definitions for hard core (1 of 2)

/ (ˈhɑːdˌkɔː) /


a style of rock music characterized by short fast numbers with minimal melody and aggressive delivery
a type of dance music with a very fast beat

British Dictionary definitions for hard core (2 of 2)

hard core


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

adjective hard-core

(of pornography) describing or depicting sexual acts in explicit detail
extremely committed or fanaticala hard-core Communist
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