hard-core

adjective \ ˈhärd-ˈkȯr \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hard-core

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

First Known Use of hard-core

1934


hard core

noun

Definition of hard core

1 : a central or fundamental and usually enduring group or part: such as
a : 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 hardcore play \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

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

Recent Examples of hard core from the Web

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First Known Use of hard core

1841


HARD-CORE Defined for English Language Learners

hard-core

adjective

Definition of hard-core for English Language Learners

  • : very active and enthusiastic

  • : showing or describing sex acts very openly


hard core

noun

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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