from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The use of strict disciplinary measures and limitations on freedoms or privileges, as by a parent or guardian, as a means of fostering responsibility and expressing care or concern.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The compassionate use of stringent disciplinary measures, to attempt to improve someone's behavior.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Three months of tough love at the hands of the Carmelites were more than enough for her.