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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.
4.
Usually, hardcore. a form of punk rock or other nonmainstream popular music played in an intense, harsh, and fast style with more emphasis on rhythm than on melody.
Origin of hard core
1935-1940
1935-40

hard-core

or hardcore

[hahrd-kawr, -kohr] /ˈhɑrdˈkɔr, -ˈkoʊr/
adjective
1.
unswervingly committed; uncompromising; dedicated:
a hard-core segregationist.
2.
relating to or containing sexually arousing depictions that are very graphic or explicit:
hard-core pornography.
Compare soft-core.
3.
being so without apparent change or remedy; chronic:
hard-core inflation; hard-core unemployment.
4.
very intense or extreme:
hard-core workouts at the gym.
5.
Usually, hardcore. noting or relating to the music genre hardcore, or the subculture, clothing style, etc., associated with it:
hardcore t-shirts and jeans.
6.
noting or relating to video games that can only be mastered with advanced skill and are played in longer sessions, or noting a player of such games:
hard-core gaming.
Compare casual (def 8).
Origin
1950-55
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  • After me, she was hands-down the most hardcore player in our group.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for hardcore

hardcore

/ˈhɑːdˌkɔː/
noun
1.
a style of rock music characterized by short fast numbers with minimal melody and aggressive delivery
2.
a type of dance music with a very fast beat

hard core

noun
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
adjective
3.
(of pornography) describing or depicting sexual acts in explicit detail
4.
extremely committed or fanatical: a hard-core Communist
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Word Origin and History for hardcore

also hard-core; 1936 (n.); 1951 (adj.); from hard + core. Original use seems to be among economists and sociologists. Extension to pornography is attested by 1966. Also the name of a surfacing material.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hardcore

hard-core

adjective

Essential and uncompromising; unmitigated: a hard-core Republican/ hard-core pornography (1951+)

noun

Pornography that openly depicts complete sex acts: He sort of likes dirty stuff, but not real hard core (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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