desideratum

[ dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh m, -rah-, -zid- ]
/ dɪˌsɪd əˈreɪ təm, -ˈrɑ-, -ˌzɪd- /

noun, plural de·sid·er·a·ta [dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-] /dɪˌsɪd əˈreɪ tə, -ˈrɑ-, -ˌzɪd-/.

something wanted or needed.

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Origin of desideratum

1645–55; < Latin, noun use of neuter past participle of dēsīderāre; see desiderate

Definition for desideratum (2 of 2)

desiderata
[ dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid- ]
/ dɪˌsɪd əˈreɪ tə, -ˈrɑ-, -ˌzɪd- /

plural noun, singular de·sid·er·a·tum.

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for desideratum (1 of 2)

desideratum
/ (dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtəm) /

noun plural -ta (-tə)

something lacked and wanted

Word Origin for desideratum

C17: from Latin; see desiderate

British Dictionary definitions for desideratum (2 of 2)

desiderata
/ (dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtə) /

noun

the plural of desideratum
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