Definition of hard core
1 : a central or fundamental and usually enduring group or part: such asa : a relatively small enduring core of society marked by apparent resistance to change or inability to escape a persistent wretched condition (such as poverty or chronic unemployment)b : a militant or fiercely loyal faction
2 usually hardcoreplay \ˈhärd-ˌkȯr\ chiefly British : hard material in pieces (such as broken bricks or stone) used as a bottom (as in making roads and in foundations)
Examples of hard core in a sentence
He knows that he can count on the support of a hard core of party loyalists.
First Known Use of hard core
HARD CORE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hard core for English Language Learners
: a small number of very active and enthusiastic members of a group : the most devoted and active members of a group
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