Definition of hardliner in English:



  • A member of a group, typically a political group, who adheres uncompromisingly to a set of ideas or policies.

    ‘neither hardliners nor reformers would be likely to want him as their leader’
    • ‘Police were called out to guard cinemas after protests by Hindu hardliners.’
    • ‘Since then, his reforms have largely been stymied by theological and political hardliners.’
    • ‘Some observers believe Kim Jong Il is now a captive of his military hardliners.’
    • ‘The veteran hardliner has been droning on about her political burnout for years, and has also long had to live with open speculation that her husband is an intelligence agent on the payroll of the French government.’
    • ‘In a sense, the hardliners in the military and intelligence services are no different from a widow or widower who cannot accept the death of a spouse.’
    • ‘So far, every time the reformers have tried to open up the system, the hardliners have closed it back down.’
    • ‘Of course hardliners of different political parties would have different views.’
    • ‘For one thing, the military itself is divided between reformists and hardliners.’
    • ‘But now, an ultra hardliner has been elected president with a huge, if artificially augmented, majority.’
    • ‘Rice is National Security Advisor to President Bush, his closest White House influence and a hardliner on foreign policy.’
    • ‘It has made things more difficult for the reformers, boosting the hardliners and causing division and disturbances in the capital Tehran.’
    • ‘In recent weeks, German hardliners have exploited the anniversary of Dresden to gain political support.’
    • ‘The never ending power struggles between the hardliners and reformers certainly does not help to cool their heads.’
    • ‘Lu is a maverick who attracts the support of the pro-independence hardliners.’
    • ‘Most KPPSI activists and hardliners come from UMI, where Abdurrahman Basalamah was once rector.’
    • ‘During that struggle, support tends to solidify around the hardliners, giving them an authority ordinary politicians lack.’
    • ‘‘I take part in all security cabinet meetings and never has such a plan been submitted,’ Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi, a noted hardliner, told military radio.’
    • ‘He was appointed to assume the political leadership as a hardliner who could deal with the growing Solidarno movement.’
    • ‘The second scenario is a military coup d'état by the hardliners.’
    • ‘The reformists control the foreign ministry, the hardliners control the military.’
    fanatic, radical, zealot, fundamentalist, hardliner, dogmatist, bigot, diehard, militant, activist
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