Definition of diehard in English:

diehard

noun

  • often as modifier A person who strongly opposes change or who continues to support something in spite of opposition.

    ‘she was a diehard Yankees fan’
    ‘diehard traditionalists’
    • ‘His Zapa isn't a pure young man who becomes corrupted, nor is he a diehard crook who adores the effrontery of becoming a policeman.’
    • ‘This diehard adventure enthusiast carried out another jump - this time over the North Pole.’
    • ‘Most who weren't diehard Christians were dying to get out once they realized they were surrounded by Pentecostals.’
    • ‘If implications of later violence are not enough to sway the diehard smackers, let's look at its effectiveness.’
    • ‘Over at the unofficial Memories of Elvis store are two of his most diehard fans.’
    • ‘A diehard businesswoman, it took her two decades to embrace this lifestyle.’
    • ‘Many feel the capture of their leader will provoke diehard terrorists into wreaking ever more horrific reprisals.’
    • ‘The simple fact is that I'm a diehard romantic, and I dream in soft-focus just as much as the next person standing in the cold bus queue.’
    • ‘The video clip of his on-air collapse remains a cherished keepsake of diehard skeptics.’
    • ‘Dorothy was a diehard lefty in life and I'm sure her estate will see to it that her wishes for the portrayal of her characters are observed.’
    • ‘As any diehard salesman will tell you, overcoming people's objections for not wanting to buy is the biggest test you will face.’
    • ‘They have no chairman, no money and only a few hundred diehard supporters who turn up more in hope than expectation.’
    • ‘It became the home of the most diehard opposition to colonialism in the Arab world.’
    • ‘Yes, I know, I'm a diehard conservative and was part of the majority that greased his way into the White House.’
    • ‘But the key to winning the elections will be whether they can mobilize their diehard supporters.’
    • ‘Twenty minutes of watching the diehard clubbers doing their frenzied thing on the floor and we're ready to leave.’
    • ‘With the support from their diehard fans, Rangers are confident they are really set for something big this season.’
    • ‘He's a diehard loyalist and a campaigner known for his inimitable style.’
    • ‘So, whether you're a diehard activist or a political newbie, The Times has a lot in store.’
    • ‘Even the most diehard sceptic might concede a pattern here.’
    hard-line, hard-core, reactionary, ultra-conservative, conservative, traditionalist, unprogressive, dyed-in-the-wool, deep-dyed, long-standing, staunch, steadfast, intransigent, inflexible, immovable, unchanging, uncompromising, unyielding, indomitable, adamant, rigid, entrenched, set in one's ways
    hardliner, reactionary, ultra-conservative, conservative, traditionalist, intransigent
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from die hard (see die).

Pronunciation

diehard

/ˈdaɪˌhɑrd//ˈdīˌhärd/