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hard core

1. noun A very devoted subset of group or organization. They're the hard core of the group, so I'd talk them if you're interested in volunteering.
2. noun A style of rock music that is especially loud and aggressive. Usually spelled as one word. I used to listen to hardcore, but I've moved on to other genres.
3. adjective Describing someone who is staunch and unyielding in their beliefs. Often hyphenated or spelled as one word. She's a hard-core liberal, so good luck getting her to listen to your conservative views.
4. adjective Describing pornography that is especially graphic or explicit. Often hyphenated or spelled as one word. I was appalled to find hard-core porn on his computer.
5. adjective Describing something that is especially intense or impressive. Often hyphenated or spelled as one word. Wow, you're really specializing in surgery? That's hardcore!
6. adjective Describing a style of rock music that is especially loud and aggressive. Usually spelled as one word. I used to play in a hardcore punk band back in college.
See also: core, hard

(the) ˌhard ˈcore

(British English) the small central group in an organization, or in a particular group of people, who are the most active or who will not change their beliefs or behaviour: It’s only really the hard core that bother(s) to go to meetings regularly. ▶ ˈhard-core adj.
1 having a belief or a way of behaving that will not change: a hard-core political activist
2 relating to pornography (= books, videos, etc. that describe or show naked people and sexual acts) of an extreme kind: hard-core sex magazines
See also: core, hard


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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Here is my second rule of handling hardcore debtors.
TruTV exec VP/chief operating officer Marc Juris believes that Hardcore Pawn has become a ratings hit for the net because it resounds with two of its three primary demographics: "urban blue collars," "fun seekers" and "heartlanders.
DJ Seduction meanwhile is hardcore to the bone, promoting one of the biggest hardcore raves in the country-Uproar.
The dance music media paint this 'cool' picture," explains 31-year-old Billy, a successful hardcore DJ for 16 years, "but it's being painted by 30 to 40-year-old men who think they know about music, but are actually out of touch with what 18 to 25-year-olds like.
What was left was hardcore punk, a trend that sought out the youth of America, and the youth in turn embraced hardcore.
A third of hardcore smokers thought their health was totally unaffected by the habit and would remain so in the future.
Not wild and crazy, reckless or careless, but truly hardcore bowhunting.
CHRISTMAS might not be as happy retailers of hardcore contraband porno movies were hoping.
I don't think there's a conspiracy of evil Nashville fat cats out to deprive the people of their hardcore country music.
Although this campaign eventually did help bring casual teenage marijuana consumption down, it shifted limited financial resources away from the hardcore users, whose consumption continued to increase.
The Boston Beer Company has launched a new venture called the HardCore Cider Company, aimed at the emerging alcoholic cider market.
The hardcore masks of militant, rebel-with-a-cause rap and the ghettocentric scowl of menace-to-society rap are increasingly rare.