To do violence to
Violence Vi"o*lence, n. [F., fr. L. violentia. See {Violent}.] 1. The quality or state of being violent; highly excited action, whether physical or moral; vehemence; impetuosity; force. [1913 Webster]

That seal You ask with such a violence, the king, Mine and your master, with his own hand gave me. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

All the elements At least had gone to wrack, disturbed and torn With the violence of this conflict. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Injury done to that which is entitled to respect, reverence, or observance; profanation; infringement; unjust force; outrage; assault. [1913 Webster]

Do violence to do man. --Luke iii. 14. [1913 Webster]

We can not, without offering violence to all records, divine and human, deny an universal deluge. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

Looking down, he saw The whole earth filled with violence. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Ravishment; rape; constupration. [1913 Webster]

{To do violence on}, to attack; to murder. ``She . . . did violence on herself.'' --Shak.

{To do violence to}, to outrage; to injure; as, he does violence to his own opinions. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Vehemence; outrage; fierceness; eagerness; violation; infraction; infringement; transgression; oppression. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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