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hard core

noun

Simple Definition of hard core

  • : a small number of very active and enthusiastic members of a group : the most devoted and active members of a group

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hard core

  1. 1 :  a central or fundamental and usually enduring group or part: as a :  a relatively small enduring core of society marked by apparent resistance to change or inability to escape a persistent wretched condition (as poverty or chronic unemployment) b :  a militant or fiercely loyal faction

  2. 2 usually hardcore play \-ˌkōr, -ˌkȯr\ chiefly British :  hard material in pieces (as broken bricks or stone) used as a bottom (as in making roads and in foundations)

Examples of hard core in a sentence

  1. He knows that he can count on the support of a hard core of party loyalists.



1936

First Known Use of hard core

1936


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