To do violence to

to outrage; to injure; as, he does violence to his own opinions.
- Shak.

See also: Violence

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Nietzsche, while ruminating on past wrote: 'Since men do not really respect anything unless it was established long ago and has developed slowly over time, those who want to keep on living after their death must take worry not only about their future generations but even more about their past: that is why tyrants of all kinds (including tyrannical artists and politicians) like to do violence to history, so that it will appear as a preparation and stepladder to themselves'.
Lord Trimble said that every Scot had a "British component" in their national identity, and that to "separate that is to do violence to people's own sense of identity".