noun, plural de·sid·er·a·ta [dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-] /dɪˌsɪd əˈreɪ tə, -ˈrɑ-, -ˌzɪd-/.
Origin of desideratum
plural noun, singular de·sid·er·a·tum.
Examples from the Web for desideratum
Contemporary Examples of desideratum
To produce and to sell securities in the greatest possible quantity—that was the desideratum.'Goldman's Crisis Control
July 21, 2009
Historical Examples of desideratum
I will now describe one or two methods employed to effect this desideratum.Magic
The desideratum is a really rough day, but that at Valencia is past praying for.Unexplored Spain
The choice of soaps has considerable influence in promoting and maintaining this desideratum.
There is no sentiment in botany or in chemistry, and in them the desideratum is truth.Madame Bovary
An up-to-date history of Chinese education is still a desideratum.A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]
noun plural -ta (-tə)
Word Origin 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).