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1.) a musical genre, the in-between of punk and metal. Hardcore is NOT the music of the pig squealing myspace whores with scene haircuts, though many believe it to be so. Hardcore music typically consists of simple power chords repeated in variations, simple yet loud drums, and a vocalist yelling, not screaming, about either how straight-edge he is, or how straight-edge he isnt. hardcore is NOT abreviated "hxc" and is not spelt hardxcore. Hardcore fans typically wear camo shorts or tight black pants, black shirts of their favorite bands or funny things (like the "spread the joy" shirt from locoroco, not a "how to win at videogames" shirt you bought at hot topic while you were buying your sister new make-up to replace all the eyeliner you stole from her), and occasionally a bandanna around their head, not their neck, and PUMA, NIKE, ADDIDAS, or VANS shoes. Hardcore fans do not wear suits or ties, do not cross-dress, and do not think its cool to kiss guys, even if they're anti-homophobic.

2.) an adjective to describe something done that most people do not have the balls to do.
1.) "Mickeys crew is a hardcore band"

2.) peeing on your friend's sister because she stole your money, windmill kicking your refridgerator open so hard that the container of milk flies out of the door-shelf and into your hand, then ripping the lid off with your teeth and downing all 2 gallons in a single sitting just so that your little brother won't have any milk for his cereal when he wakes up.
by krevin April 23, 2007
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If punk rock is frustrated, then this is pissed off. that is one way i can describe it. a key thing to remember is that Hardcore is Punk, but Punk is not always Hardcore. if you think hardcore is As i Lay Dying you are confused. switch that band out for some Tragedy and you are all set.

if what you call hardcore has a solo more than 7 seconds than it is not hardcore. not all hardcore has breakdowns but a lot does. if what you call hardcore has no cussing it probably is not hardcore unless it is American Nightmare.
Converge = Not Hardcore
Modern Life is War = Hardcore
He is Legend = Not Hardcore
Outbreak = Hardcore
by Matt June 16, 2006
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When one takes an already dangerous activity to an illogical extreme, often ignoring danger, pain and the potential for marked agony.
When Laura overshot that jump by 5 feet and smashed into that tree with her shoulder it was fucking hardcore. I would have her children even though I'm sure she would mercilessly beat me.
by xthagx June 01, 2007
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In simple terms, Batman. Batman rules. He defines hardcore.
"That is so hardcore, it's like being Batman!"
by exesandohs October 10, 2006
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definitions of hardcore music are widely different, so this definition is meant as a guide. hardcore did originally grow out of punk somwhere along the line in the 80's. and when i say punk, i mean punk in the ballpark of the Misfits. it began to stand on its own in the early 90's with a few pioneering bands. these early bands were very unpolished, but people looking for the heaviest sound possible became the first fans. throughout the 90's, the line between hardcore and metal thinned, because at the same time some metal bands were also finding a heavier sound.
now skip ahead to the present. at this point, that heavy metal/90's hardcore gap has been closed. however there is a new barrier. everything changed when bands like Terror, Hoods, and Madball started hitting the scene (for lack of a better word). there is no denying the difference between Terror and Unearth. now that awful term "metalcore" has come about. Unearth leans sounds sort of hardcore, but they are metal. Terror is 'straight up' hardcore. kids who listen to Terror know that what they listen to is heavier than what Unearth kids listen to. so as far as they're concerned, Unearth IS NOT hardcore. so now there is 'hardcore' and there is 'real hardcore' or 'straight up hardcore'. THERE IS A DEFINATE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO STYLES OF MUSIC.
most fans of 'straight up hardcore' accept and like 'hardcore' music, but dont like it being called hardcore. and they dont like 'hardcore' kids trying to act tough, because they know the music they listen to is tougher. so as much as i am against terms like "metalcore" it is probably a good idea to start using them because of the difference between the metal side and hardcore side.
there is no 'hardcorest' music, just hardcore. if something more hardcore comes along, then that becomes the definition of hardcore. thats why bands like Terror are taking the term for themselves with little opposition; because they are right to. when critics hail their album saying "this is what hardcore is supposed to sound like" there is little arguing that its for real.
Zao (most metal side of what is called hardcore)
Unearth (a blend of hardcore and metal that leans very much on the metal side)
Remembering Never (a blend of hardcore and metal that leans very much on the hardcore side)
Terror (doesnt get more hardcore than this)
by Chadster November 26, 2005
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Hardcore is a term used to justify some dislike. This term is often used by those who are not "hardcore" but want others to believe they are. Bands are often critized for being "not hardcore" because they are vastly more successful than the people bitching about them.
Steve: That band sucks ass they arn't even hardcore.
Brian: Your just pissed cuz they don't live in their parents basement anymore...like some people i know. (looks at Steve and winks)
by kainatav November 19, 2007
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Really tough and awesome. Socially accepted and worshiped. Often does rebellious things like putting stickers on windows. Often, peers will respect this Hardcore individual's opinions more readily - see "not doing drugs"
by StopCallingMeBella March 31, 2009
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