from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Intensely loyal; die-hard: a hard-core secessionist; a hard-core golfer.
  • adj. Stubbornly resistant to improvement or change: hard-core poverty.
  • adj. Extremely graphic or explicit: hard-core pornography.

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  • adj. Alternative form of hardcore.

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

  • adj. intensely loyal
  • adj. extremely explicit
  • adj. stubbornly resistant to change or improvement


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  • Officials in Tripoli have continuously lashed out at suggestions that the regime's forces might be responsible for the suffering in Misrata, instead blaming the rebels, who they describe as "hard-core al Qaeda" fighters.

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  • Yammi, who was forced into exile, is among those identified as hard-core liberals opposing the system as a whole.

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  • Two girls are asking the assistant how to cook drisheen, the Irish black pudding which can only be described as a hard-core delicacy. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Tim was what you could call a hard-core drug taker and I had only known him to vomit after taking drugs if he had taken far too many or eaten mushrooms covered with cow shit.

    Full Frontal Nudity

  • Nothing was more important to the lawyers in the Reagan administration than appointing hard-core conservative judges and justices.

    The Conservative Assault on the Constitution

  • These nones are not necessarily hard-core secularists, as we shall discuss in Chapter 4.

    American Grace

  • This hard-core, deeply moralistic less tolerant tenth of the population gives us a glimpse of what a highly religious America might look like without Aunt Susan and my pal Al.

    American Grace

  • Rebel negotiators say almost all of the town's residents want to surrender but a hard-core few are holding out.

    Rebels poised as Gadhafi loyalists desert Libya

  • They seemed to in a study of the dreams of 64 hard-core gamers and 22 people who play less frequently—all former or current members of the U.S. or Canadian militaries.

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  • Those hard-core gamers were active participants in their dreams.

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