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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Definitions for desiderata

  1. things wanted or needed; the plural of desideratum.

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Citations for desiderata
Over time, however, I came to realize that my friend, nice as he is, prizes extreme beauty above all the other desiderata that one might seek in a partner. Adelle Waldman, "'A First-Rate Girl': The Problem of Female Beauty," The New Yorker, October 2, 2013
"Well what do you think this place on the river is worth?" grumbled Homer. "...I mean, compared with most of the fancy places in the real estate ads, you know, with all the usual desiderata of desirable real estate like indoor swimming pools and whirlpool baths. How about the desiderata of the sublime? That's what we've got." Jane Langton, The Escher Twist, 2002
Origin of desiderata
Desiderata and the singular desideratum derive from the Latin verb dēsīderāre meaning "to long for, require." Desiderata entered English in the mid-1600s.