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adjective \-ˈkȯr\

Simple Definition of hard–core

  • : very active and enthusiastic

  • : showing or describing sex acts very openly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hard–core

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 of pornography :  containing explicit descriptions of sex acts or scenes of actual sex acts — compare soft-core

  3. 3 :  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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