Meaning of hardcore in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɑːdkɔː/

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  • 1

    (also hard core)
    The most active, committed, or strict members of a group or movement.

    ‘the party still has a hard core of supporters that will always vote for them’
    • ‘The Commission has reduced the fines imposed in the past where participants in cartels have played a reduced role in relation to the hard-core members.’
    • ‘We know that most crime is committed by a hard-core group of repeat offenders.’
    • ‘The Roman Catholics surprised everyone by electing a hard-core rightwinger as Pope.’
    • ‘I disagree with the hard-core libertarians on this though.’
    • ‘You may be full of turkey, but that's no excuse not to shop this weekend, the official start of the hard-core holiday buying season.’
    • ‘I am disappointed there is still a hard-core minority of drivers who feel no sense of responsibility to other people's safety or their own families' welfare.’
    • ‘Their message isn't hitting the hard-core youth at risk.’
    • ‘Ryan's good enough to charm/convert even the hard-core cases amongst you who burst out in hives at the mere mention of musical theatre.’
    • ‘However, when it comes to self-destruction any car combined with a hard-core muscle car mentality will eventually lead to a dead end.’
    • ‘But again, you have a hard-core cell that are not going to be persuaded to change sides, but I think some will.’
    • ‘Some 90% of spam received on the internet can be traced to a hard-core group of around 200 spam operations.’
    • ‘Second, I'm not a hard-core ideologue, as many self-described libertarians are.’
    • ‘All but one of the offenders they have arrested in the last four years was a hard-core Trekkie.’
    • ‘Comey, in turn, appointed Patrick Fitzgerald, a Republican not known as a hard-core loyalist.’
    • ‘I'm not a hard-core privacy nut, but that prospect freaks me out a bit.’
    • ‘A soul infused night is on offer tonight at Kendal's Tintos with a hard-core clubber turned international DJ pro.’
    • ‘So it's likely that Hutchinson, a hard-core lake angler, had made similar decisions before.’
    • ‘Those less inclined for the hard-core version can sign on to freestyle, the more familiar, communal variety of the sport.’
    • ‘For the hardcore comics reader, the material is a great source of inspiration and technical know-how.’
    • ‘The police claimed they believed that members of a hardcore direct action group known as the Wombles were on board.’
    diehard, staunch, dedicated, committed, steadfast, hard-line, dyed-in-the-wool, long-standing
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  • 2mass noun Pornography of a very explicit or extreme kind.

    ‘Earlier, the state had censored videos that showed cruel violence and hard-core pornography.’
    • ‘Computers fed my addiction to hard work, creative planning and hard-core pornography.’
    • ‘Reality TV plays on a tension similar to Bell's description of hard-core pornography.’
    • ‘Americans spend more on hard-core pornography, telephone sex and strip clubs than they do at cinemas.’
    • ‘They have easier access at much younger ages to all manner of addictive substances, be it hard-core pornography, online gambling, alcohol or casual sex.’
    • ‘What we have here is hard-core pornography with puppets.’
    • ‘Among its highlights is the plan to deny state school children the right to a faith-based education but to allow them access to hard-core pornography.’
    • ‘Of course, music videos are now basically hard-core pornography, so I do get some strange looks.’
    • ‘Under the licence he is entitled to sell hard-core pornography in addition to sex aids and lingerie.’
    • ‘Those who seek hard-core porn can no doubt still find what they want on the black market in unclassified videos.’
    • ‘The book is hard-core food porn for chocolate lovers!’
    • ‘The images were an equal spilt between hard-core porn, close-ups of her scar, lips, and cleavage, and saccharine photos of the pair of them together.’
    • ‘There are no children in my life - so why shouldn't I have hard-core porn if I want to?’
    • ‘He subscribes to porn sites and I've also found hard-core magazines hidden in the bedroom.’
    • ‘Operators are shunning Playboy's Spice Platinum, a new group of channels with graphic hard-core fare.’
    • ‘Currently, both of Swindon's sex shops are not licensed to stock hardcore material.’
    • ‘The move would allow licensed shops to stock hardcore material currently prohibited.’
    • ‘This is not hardcore pornography and the material can be bought in many stores.’
    • ‘If hardcore material was decriminalised, then perhaps we would see a clean up of the industry.’
    • ‘Critics say the romanticism of homosexuality may lead to gender confusion for youngsters and the hard-core sex editions are offensive.’
    pornographic, obscene, indecent, improper, indelicate, crude, lewd, erotic, titillating, arousing, suggestive, sexy, risqué, coarse, vulgar, gross, dirty, ribald, smutty, filthy, bawdy, earthy
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  • 3mass noun Popular music that is experimental in nature and typically characterized by high volume and aggressive presentation.

    ‘And he's just got a nasty, hardcore, aggressive blues sound in his lead guitar playing.’
    • ‘From dense post-modern electronica to hardcore techno, Planet Mu constantly surprises.’
    • ‘I got a bunch of hardcore punk, ska and reggae playing guys and threw them the curve ball.’
    • ‘It should be bought by every kid with even a passing interest in rock music, be it hardcore, punk or whatever.’
    • ‘It was just a brilliant time to be touring, releasing records and playing hardcore punk music.’
    • ‘They took a step back from hardcore and progressed in a more experimental, crafted kind of way.’
    • ‘I always wanted to be a hip hop DJ before the whole hardcore / jungle scene took off and took me with it.’
    • ‘It's dance music coming out of a background of hardcore punk where brevity is part of our thing.’
    • ‘Even when I was playing in hardcore or punk bands I was still listening to hip-hop.’
    • ‘What do you get when you mix techno, classic hardcore punk and gay politics?’
    • ‘However enjoyably hardcore The Getalongs were, the audience just didn't seem to be into it.’
    • ‘Whether you are a fan of hardcore, punk rock or just plain good music, check this album out.’
    • ‘This style of hardcore has long needed a breath of fresh air, but MPB aren't the band to supply it.’
    • ‘I hear more roots than nu-metal here, not to mention lots of sludgy slow hardcore.’
    • ‘With As Real As It Gets, Sworn Enemy get their chance to endear hardcore to the masses.’
    • ‘These guys are true hardcore and are way ahead of anyone else when it comes to playing with intensity.’
    • ‘The band fed off the audience's energy and turned in a decent performance of hardcore.’
    • ‘From hardcore to house to UK garage, Grant Nelson has had a hand in it all.’
    • ‘It seems like hes run out of ideas a minute and a half into it and has to revert to remixing his old hardcore tracks to get the momentum flowing again.’
    • ‘The idea of disco infused hardcore doesn't exactly reek of intrepid musical exploration.’
  • 4British mass noun Broken bricks, rubble, or similar solid material used as a filling or foundation in building.


  • 1Highly committed in one's support for or dedication to something.

    ‘hardcore gamers’
    • ‘even hardcore fans of the television series should probably skip this’
    1. 1.1Denoting an extreme or intense example of something.
      • ‘the tour took in four continents over 45 days—it was hardcore’
  • 2Denoting or relating to pornography of a very explicit or extreme kind.

    • ‘online hardcore porn’
  • 3Denoting or relating to a type of experimental popular music that is typically characterized by high volume and aggressive presentation.

    • ‘hardcore punk’