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Do violence to

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Do violence to to outrage, injure
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Quotations

  • Anthony Burgess
    Anthony%20Burgess
    “Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create. They don't know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Mahatma%20Gandhi
    “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. violentusvis, force.

Usage

In literature:

Merely to narrate them, and to do so in the briefest manner, does violence to every genuine sentiment of piety.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
The King, doing violence to the sentiments which moved him in his favour, addressed him with the greatest severity.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
I am sorry to be forced to do violence to my feelings, but I must search the house.
"Two Little Confederates" by Thomas Nelson Page
The spontaneous violence which healthy children do to etiquette often proves a relish.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
The violence of the feeding act was now at its height, I think, but it would be impossible to do justice to it by any description.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
I can not believe that he can possibly have sent you to do me any violence or harm.
"Nero" by Jacob Abbott
Do not force us to do you any violence.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
How cruel to do such violence to the tender feelings of innocent children!
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
We do it wrong, being so majestical, To offer it the show of violence.
"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare
It has something to do with brazen trumpets and violence.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
These expressions do no violence to her Grace's epistolary style.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
They were not the first men to do violence for the sake of the principle of non-resistance.
"Quaker Hill" by Warren H. Wilson
But Loki, who loved rather to get a thing by trickery and deceit, persuaded him that violence would never do.
"Told by the Northmen:" by E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
I cannot do violence to my better nature.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
You've had to do yourself violence.
"The Wings of the Dove, Volume II" by Henry James
Yet there is no fear that the King's choice will do violence to your feelings.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
Yet I must agree with Major Cassion that this letter in no way proves that he resorted to violence, or was even urged to do so.
"Beyond the Frontier" by Randall Parrish
And he, being the man he was, had decided to do something about it even if it meant violence.
"Rastignac the Devil" by Philip José Farmer
I'll do no violence to your feelings.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
The builders are all artists, to whose instincts repetition would do violence.
"Japan" by Dorothy Menpes
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In poetry:

'Earl, if you love me as in former years,
And do not practise on me, come with morn,
And snatch me from him as by violence;
Leave me tonight: I am weary to the death.'
"Geraint And Enid" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
That spreads through other lives like a tree
And sways them on in a sort of sense
And say why it never worked for me.
Something to do with violence
A long way back, and wrong rewards,
And arrogant eternity.
"Love Again" by Philip Larkin
"Why do I weep? Because Thou keepest silence,
Though violence rages and, all uncontrolled,
The mob destroys, and we as slaves to strangers,
Master and man together, have been sold,
And no Redeemer do our eyes behold."
"Duologue" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol

In news:

The police have directly challenged the politicians and others to try to prevent a repeat next year of the Ardoyne violence, and they are right to do so.
Yes, I believe our city police are doing what they can to curb the violence that is sweeping our city.
Glamor, Sex, Violence What to do.
The first step toward making schools safer for children is for district officials to do a better job of accurately reporting incidents of school violence, union leaders said.
In fact, candidates can do anything short of inciting the public to violence, and broadcasters are powerless to stop them.
In the the Sept 28 Reading Eagle Talk of the Town feature about violence in schools, one of those interviewed said there is nothing to do for young people in the city except for Olivets, but not everyone can afford to join.
Unfortunately, all you have to do is search the Internet and you will find many examples of violence at worship centers.
A man was shot and killed inside a Lanham-area home in an incident investigators do not believe to be a random act of violence, authorities said.
Do you think it is a good idea for domestic violence offenders to wear electronic bracelets .
Its checkered history in the violence-racked region leads the US to limit its involvement, which in turn prompts criticism that it's not doing enough.
Decent politicians have the complete support of responsible gun owners if they actually want to do something about street violence instead of politically grand-standing the tired old folly of gun control.
"We do this to cover all kinds of crime and provide some information for the people constantly dealing with it," said Ginger Grisson Stevens of Wesley House, which sponsors the Stop the Violence Workshop each year.
"If things do not change, the future is likely to be one of brutal repression, massacres, sectarian violence, and even all-out civil war," Annan told the General Assembly.
And yet the role of parent is the only one that enables one person to do violence to another and get away with it.
How do we begin to make sense of senseless acts of violence that leave lives lost, both through death or imprisonment, families distraught and grief stricken, and communities dismayed.
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In science:

For example, it is plausible that it can be replaced with a close rational approximation, without doing violence to the proof.
Some algorithms arising in the proof of the Kepler conjecture
Introducing these new counter terms will do violence to the original 5-d gauge and Lorentz invariance since they require us to separate ¯A5 from the rest of the components of the gauge field, destroying covariance.
A Kaluza-Klein Model with Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking: Light-Particle Effective Action and its Compactification Scale Dependence
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