[dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-]
plural noun, singular desideratum.
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. essentials, necessities, requisites, sine qua nons. Unabridged


[dih-sid-uh-rey-tuhm, -rah-, -zid-]
noun, plural desiderata [dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-] .
something wanted or needed.

1645–55; < Latin, noun use of neuter past participle of dēsīderāre; see desiderate Unabridged
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desiderata (dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtə)
the plural of desideratum

desideratum (dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtəm)
n , pl -ta
something lacked and wanted
[C17: from Latin; see desiderate]

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pl. of desideratum (1650s), from L., lit. "something for which desire is felt," from pp. stem of desiderare "to long for" (see desire).

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