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Derived from hardcore (“hardcore punk; a particularly fast and intense form of punk rock”).
- (music) Denoting a genre of music, especially one influenced by hardcore music.
- (chiefly Internet slang) Denoting an aesthetic or vibe.
- norm + -core → normcore
- cottage + -core → cottagecore
- trauma + -core → traumacore
- 2022 December 23, Dylan Kelly, “Can 2023 Be the Year of “Nothingcore”?”, in Hypebeast.com:
- It’s more than okay to let a microtrend be just that. Naming it as a “core” turns the clothing into a social media movement, and more often than not, the title is an overcomplication for rather basic color choices or fabric selections.
- “-core”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.