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adj. also hard-core (härd′kôr′)
1. Intensely loyal; die-hard: a hardcore secessionist; a hardcore golfer.
2. Stubbornly resistant to improvement or change: hardcore poverty.
3. Extremely graphic or explicit: hardcore pornography.
A form of exceptionally harsh punk rock.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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:
Adj.1.hard-core - stubbornly resistant to change or improvement; "hard-core addicts"
inflexible - incapable of change; "a man of inflexible purpose"
2.hard-core - intensely loyal; "his hard-core supporters"
loyal - steadfast in allegiance or duty; "loyal subjects"; "loyal friends stood by him"
3.hard-core - extremely explicit; "hard-core pornography"
explicit, expressed - precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication; "explicit instructions"; "she made her wishes explicit"; "explicit sexual scenes"
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1. dyed-in-the-wool, extreme, dedicated, rigid, staunch, die-hard, steadfast, obstinate, intransigent a hard-core group of right-wing senators
2. explicit, obscene, pornographic, X-rated (informal) jailed for peddling hard-core porn videos through the post
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002


[ˈhɑːdkɔːʳ] ADJ [pornography] → duro; [supporter, militant, activist] → acérrimo; [conservative, communist] → acérrimo, empedernido
see also hard
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


1. adj
a. (pornography) → hard-core inv
b. (supporters) → irriducibile
2. n
a. (supporters) → zoccolo duro
b. (for roads, foundations) → massicciata
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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