- 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.
- something wanted or needed.
Origin of desideratum
Related Words for desideratarequirement, precondition, prerequisite, fundamental, obligation, essential, urgency, use, right, wish, commitment, demand, specification, stipulation, qualification, need, provision, condition, concern, desire
Examples from the Web for desiderata
Historical Examples of desiderata
These plants were therefore the rage; and, consequently, the desiderata of the nurseryman.The Plant Hunters
Priestley has ably given the desiderata of electricity, vision, &c.Practical Education, Volume II
"Desiderata" he said slowly, and the colour left his face as he pronounced it.The Devourers
Annie Vivanti Chartres
The system of Delsarte responds to all these desiderata of æsthetics.Delsarte System of Oratory
A proper account and explanation of this is, I think, amongst the desiderata of literature.Trips to the Moon
- the plural of desideratum
- something lacked and wanted
Word Origin for desideratum
plural of desideratum (1650s), from Latin, literally "something for which desire is felt," from past participle stem of desiderare "to long for" (see desire).
"something lacking," see desiderata.