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Definition of "hard-core" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hard-core" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "Yammi, who was forced into exile, is among those identified as hard-core liberals opposing the system as a whole."
  • "Two girls are asking the assistant how to cook drisheen, the Irish black pudding which can only be described as a hard-core delicacy."