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English definition of “hard core”

hard core

noun [S, + sing/pl verb] (BELIEF) (also hard-core)    
a small group of people within a larger group, who strongly believe in the group's principles and usually have a lot of power in it: The hard core of the party has not lost sight of the original ideals.Believers and non-believersSupporters, members and defenders
(Definition of hard core noun (BELIEF) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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