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hard core

1. The most dedicated, unfailingly loyal faction of a group or organization: the hard core of the separatist movement.
2. An intractable core or nucleus of a society, especially one that is stubbornly resistant to improvement or change.
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hard core

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

1. the permanent, dedicated, and faithful nucleus of a group or movement, as of a political party.
2. the part of a group that is resistant to change.
3. a form of punk rock played in an intense, harsh, fast style with more emphasis on rhythm than on melody.


1. unswervingly committed; uncompromising: a hard-core conservative.
2. pruriently explicit; graphically depicted: hard-core pornography.
3. being so without apparent change or remedy; chronic: hard-core unemployment.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hard core - the most dedicated and intensely loyal nucleus of a group or movement
clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, camp, pack - an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
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