hard-core
adjective Date: 1940 1. a. of, relating to, or being part of a hard core <
hard-core poverty
>
<
the hard-core unemployed
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b. confirmed, die-hard <
hard-core rock fans
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<
a hard-core liberal
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2. of pornography containing explicit descriptions of sex acts or scenes of actual sex acts — compare soft-core 3. characterized by or being the purest or most basic form of something ; fundamental <
a room gussied up in hard-core French provincial style — John Canaday
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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