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[dahy-hahrd] /ˈdaɪˌhɑrd/
a person who vigorously maintains or defends a seemingly hopeless position, outdated attitude, lost cause, or the like.
resisting vigorously and stubbornly to the last; stubborn.
Also, diehard.
Origin of die-hard
1835-45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase die hard
Related forms
die-hardism, noun Unabridged
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  • Whether it will be enough for diehard fans remains to be seen.
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British Dictionary definitions for diehard


a person who resists change or who holds onto an untenable position or outdated attitude
(modifier) obstinately resistant to change
Derived Forms
die-hardism, noun
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Word Origin and History for diehard

also die-hard, 1844 (n.), in reference to the 57th Regiment of Foot in the British Army; as an adjective, attested from 1871; from die (v.) + hard (adv.). As a brand name of an automobile battery, DieHard, introduced by Sears in 1967.

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