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[hahrd-kawr, -kohr] /ˈhɑrdˈkɔr, -ˈkoʊr/
unswervingly committed; uncompromising; dedicated:
a hard-core segregationist.
pruriently explicit; graphically depicted:
hard-core pornography.
Compare soft-core.
being so without apparent change or remedy; chronic:
hard-core inflation; hard-core unemployment.
1950-55 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hardcore
  • The ugly truth is that the general culture can't handle hardcore culture.
  • The result is a movie that even hardcore motorcycle fans will find to be as implausible as the plot.
  • But solid, hardcore and even breathtaking basketball.
  • Search settings can be tweaked for players seeking more social or hardcore experiences, depending on their preferences.
  • The idea is to take the essence of what they do, and distill it to the hardcore, and work with that.
  • Indeed, there is something oddly otherworldly about the hardcore soccer fan.
  • hardcore skeptics dismiss them as the work of pranksters.
  • First, the new devices are good enough for sophisticated games, so they have caught the attention even of hardcore gamers.
  • As for the hardcore militants, the government has a different plan.
  • In other words, hardcore ideologues about the role of government.
British Dictionary definitions for hardcore


a style of rock music characterized by short fast numbers with minimal melody and aggressive delivery
a type of dance music with a very fast beat
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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



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


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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