- something wanted or needed.
Origin of desideratum
- things wanted or needed; the plural of desideratum: “Happily-ever-after” and “eternal love” appear to be the desiderata of the current generation; to whom “fat chance” say those of us who are older, wiser, and more curmudgeonly.
Examples from the Web for desideratum
To produce and to sell securities in the greatest possible quantity—that was the desideratum.'Goldman's Crisis Control
July 21, 2009
If health is a desideratum, one way to attain a lot of it is to cut out the booze.The Old Game
Samuel G. Blythe
An appearance of antiquity is never a desideratum to the honest book-collector.The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
A revision of genus Cratægus has long been a desideratum with botanists.Handbook of the Trees of New England
Lorin Low Dame
For in that summery clime shade, not sun, is the desideratum.The Free Lances
There is no sentiment in botany or in chemistry, and in them the desideratum is truth.Madame Bovary
- something lacked and wanted
- the plural of desideratum
Word Origin and History for desideratum
"something lacking," see desiderata.
plural of desideratum (1650s), from Latin, literally "something for which desire is felt," from past participle stem of desiderare "to long for" (see desire).