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hard core

1. noun A very devoted subset of an organization. They're the hard core of the group, so I'd talk them if you're interested in volunteering.
2. adjective Describing someone who is staunch and unyielding in their beliefs. The phrase is typically hyphenated when used before a noun. She's a hard-core liberal, so good luck getting her to listen to your conservative views.
3. adjective Describing pornography that is especially graphic or explicit. I was appalled to find hard-core porn on his computer.
4. adjective Describing something that is especially intense or impressive. Wow, you're really specializing in surgery? That's hard core!
5. adjective Describing a style of rock music that is especially loud and aggressive. You'll go deaf if you keep listening to that hard core rock at such a loud volume!
See also: core, hard

hard-core

1. mod. sexually explicit; pornographic. You can’t sell that hard-core stuff in a store like this!
2. mod. extreme; entrenched. There are too many hard-core cases of poverty there.
3. mod. very good; stunning; great. I’d like a really hard-core pizza with at least five kinds of cheese.
4. mod. extreme; quintessential. She thinks of herself as a hard-core leftist.
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In this transition period, violence separates hard-core haters from rhetorical haters.
My hard-core attitude prompted me to abandon my original plan to climb into a treestand and forced me to wonder if I could get the shot at that buck.
Most people find hard-core violence far more offensive than sex.
Pennington, a psychologist at the University of Denver, suggests that in many cases of hard-core delinquency, low verbal IQ scores tap into only a small part of a deeper disruption within the brain's frontal lobes.
According to the executive summary, the strategy consists of fourteen long-term goals meant to diminish hard-core and casual drug use.
Group 4: 25-29 Year Old Hard-Core Gamers (Shanghai)
After all, it's the RNC that cashes checks from a man who caters to the sexual tastes of a group that hard-core Republicans have used, abused, and degraded (sounds like a Boyias film).
THE British Board of Film Classification is to take legal action to prevent hard-core pornographic videos flooding into British sex shops, it was announced.
The rest is mostly hard-core blues, and all the better for it.
Mr Smith said he was determined to prevent hard-core porn getting on to UK TV.
The Edinburgh man is believed to be part of an international ring selling and importing sick hard-core porn in Britain, Europe and the USA.
Alienware's Area-51 Series of notebooks powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo processor provide an immersive entertainment experience with power to spare for even hard-core gamers and video- and audio-philes," said Erik Reid, director product marketing, Intel's Mobile Platforms Group.
It's a rattling sort of lyric for a hard-core song, more raw and understated than one would expect.
My prediction: Democratic leaders will pick four hard-core Democrats; Republican leaders will pick four hard-core Republicans.
wannabes, but hard-core rockers would be better off checking out gay playwright Christopher Shinn's On the Mountain.