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Hi

Would you say that there is a more natural/typical word we can use instead of desecrate in everyday English?

Is this sentence natural English

He desecrated the grave by spitting on it in front of all present there.

Thanks,

Tom

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Mr. TomIs this sentence natural English
He desecrated the grave by spitting on it in front of all present there.

Typically I would think of "desecration" as being slightly more destructive, but, yes, I guess spitting could count too. "desecrate" may have some religious overtones. If you want that kind of feel then the word is OK to use. If not, you could say e.g. "He showed his contempt by spitting on the grave".

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Mr. TomWould you say that there is a more natural/typical word we can use instead of desecrate in everyday English?

No. There's "defile", but that's in about the same register as "desecrate". "foul" is not much better.

Your word order suggests that "in front of all present" is part of the desecration. I'd argue that it isn't. The spitting alone is the desecration. So I'd phrase it thus:

He desecrated the grave in front of all present there by spitting on it.

CJ