Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unreasonably or stubbornly resisting change.
  • adj. Fanatically opposing progress or reform.
  • adj. Complete; having no opposite opinion of anything in a particular topic of one's values; thorough of in one's beliefs.
  • n. A person with such an attitude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. one who stubbornly adheres to traditional and outdated views.
  • n. one who vigorously defends an apparently hopeless position, a lost cause, etc.
  • adj. stubbornly and vigorously resisting in the face of seemingly hopeless odds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. continue to exist
  • adj. tradition-bound and obstinately opinionated
  • n. one who adheres to traditional views

Etymologies

From the idiom "to die hard". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Kicking and screaming I might add as I have been an IE diehard from the very beginning of time.

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  • Certain diehard leftists, on the other hand, insist that had he lived Orwell would have remained faithful to socialism, not to capitalist democracy.

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  • And at the same time they are known as diehard opponents of abortion.

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  • Iraqi and U.S. forces in that pitched battle with the so-called diehard End of Days cult.

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  • By and large, the prominent (and well funded, I might add) expounders of the current ID movement were at one time (not so long ago) what you might call diehard crackerjack-creationists (e.g., believing that a WASP/WASC God more or less snapped his/her fingers, there was a crackling sound, and out popped the universe and its inhabitants in all their current variety and complexity).

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  • Since Lennox isn't known as a diehard lefty, there must be some other reason for her plaintive pleading, leading Kirchick to rub his baby chin and muse, "So one wonders what prompts her currnet, passionate antipathy towards Israel.

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  • He then went on to introduce ` Garageland ', the first time it had been aired during the residency, admitting it was likely only "diehard" fans would know the track.

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  • Considering the adverse conditions and the fact the course was the longest in the six-race lineup for the STRS, Kach said the attendance certainly showed how "diehard" some of the runners in the area are.

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  • Some random 'diehard' claims that anyone criticising Wenger's decision to sign the turd should 'go and support Chelski or Citeh'.

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  • "He is also a Manchester, N.H. native and a self-described 'diehard' Red Sox fan!"

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