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[des-i-deer-ee-uh m]
noun, plural des·i·de·ri·a [des-i-deer-ee-uh] /ˌdɛs ɪˈdɪər i ə/.
  1. an ardent longing, as for something lost.
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Origin of desiderium

From Latin, dating back to 1705–15; see origin at desiderate, -ium
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Historical Examples

  • In Latin, desidero and desiderium best convey the import of this word.

    Notes and Queries, No. 181, April 16, 1853


  • So in 47 desideratio is chosen rather than desiderium, to correspond with the neighboring titillatio.

    Cato Maior de Senectute

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • However morbid his fancies might become, desiderium could never take any but beautiful forms.