a : of, relating to, or being part of a hard core <hard–core poverty> <the hard–core unemployed>
b : confirmed, die-hard <hard–core rock fans> <a hard–core liberal>
of pornography : containing explicit descriptions of sex acts or scenes of actual sex acts — compare soft-core
: characterized by or being the purest or most basic form of something : fundamental <a room gussied up in hard–core French provincial style — John Canaday>
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