hard-core

hard core

noun
1.
the permanent, dedicated, and completely faithful nucleus of a group or movement, as of a political party.
2.
an unyielding or intransigent element in a social or organizational structure, as that part of a group consisting of longtime adherents or those resistant to change.
3.
those whose condition seems to be without hope of remedy or change.

Origin:
1935–40

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hard-core

[hahrd-kawr, -kohr]
adjective
1.
unswervingly committed; uncompromising; dedicated: a hard-core segregationist.
2.
pruriently explicit; graphically depicted: hard-core pornography. Compare soft-core.
3.
being so without apparent change or remedy; chronic: hard-core inflation; hard-core unemployment.

Origin:
1950–55

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hard core
 
n
1.  the members of a group or movement who form an intransigent nucleus resisting change
2.  material, such as broken bricks, stones, etc, used to form a foundation for a road, paving, building, etc
 
adj
3.  (of pornography) describing or depicting sexual acts in explicit detail
4.  extremely committed or fanatical: a hard-core Communist

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