to do violence on


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            That seal
            You ask with such a violence, the king,
            Mine and your master, with his own hand gave me.
                                                  --Shak.
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            All the elements
            At least had gone to wrack, disturbed and torn
            With the violence of this conflict.   --Milton.
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   2. Injury done to that which is entitled to respect,
      reverence, or observance; profanation; infringement;
      unjust force; outrage; assault.
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            Do violence to do man.                --Luke iii.
                                                  14.
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            We can not, without offering violence to all
            records, divine and human, deny an universal deluge.
                                                  --T. Burnet.
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            Looking down, he saw
            The whole earth filled with violence. --Milton.
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   3. Ravishment; rape; constupration.
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   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.
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   Syn: Vehemence; outrage; fierceness; eagerness; violation;
        infraction; infringement; transgression; oppression.
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