do violence to

idiom

: to harm or weaken (something) : to make (something) less effective
They want to make a movie from the book without doing violence to the simplicity of the original story.

Examples of do violence to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To quote a passage from this novel is to do violence to its tightly laced phrases of reconsideration. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2022 The City of Roses put it all on display on a recent Sunday in August, when the Proud Boys, an extremist group whose purpose, according to their founder, is to do violence to their political enemies, gathered in Northeast Portland. Robert Evans, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2021

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“Do violence to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/do%20violence%20to. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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