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See also: hardliner


Alternative forms[edit]


hard line +‎ -er


hard-liner (plural hard-liners)

  1. A person who takes a firm, uncompromising position on some policy.
    • 2019 March 13, Oliver Norgrove, “Hypnotised by cake and unicorns, the Brexit perfectionists have blown it”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The hardliners, persistent in their belief that the UK would in the end be afforded special treatment by the EU, have served only to undermine the very mandate they seek to protect.
    • 2021 January 29, Paul Krugman, “The G.O.P. Is in a Doom Loop of Bizarro”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      As hard-liners gain power within a group, they drive out moderates; what remains of the group is even more extreme, which drives out even more moderates; and so on.

Derived terms[edit]


  • German: Hardliner