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hard core

Syllabification: hard core

Definition of hard core in English:

noun

1The most active, committed, or doctrinaire members of a group or movement: there is always a hard core of trusty stalwarts [as modifier]: a hard core following
More example sentences
  • The Commission has reduced the fines imposed in the past where participants in cartels have played a reduced role in relation to the hard-core members.
  • We know that most crime is committed by a hard-core group of repeat offenders.
  • The Roman Catholics surprised everyone by electing a hard-core rightwinger as Pope.
Synonyms
diehard, staunch, dedicated, committed, steadfast, dyed-in-the-wool, long-standing;
hardline, extreme, entrenched, radical, intransigent, uncompromising, rigid
1.1Popular music that is experimental in nature and typically characterized by high volume and aggressive presentation.
Example sentences
  • And he's just got a nasty, hardcore, aggressive blues sound in his lead guitar playing.
  • From dense post-modern electronica to hardcore techno, Planet Mu constantly surprises.
  • I got a bunch of hardcore punk, ska and reggae playing guys and threw them the curve ball.
1.2Pornography of an explicit kind: (as modifier hard-core) hard-core porn
More example sentences
  • Earlier, the state had censored videos that showed cruel violence and hard-core pornography.
  • Computers fed my addiction to hard work, creative planning and hard-core pornography.
  • Reality TV plays on a tension similar to Bell's description of hard-core pornography.

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