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desideratum

[dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh m, -rah-, -zid-] /dɪˌsɪd əˈreɪ təm, -ˈrɑ-, -ˌzɪd-/
noun, plural desiderata
[dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-] /dɪˌsɪd əˈreɪ tə, -ˈrɑ-, -ˌzɪd-/ (Show IPA)
1.
something wanted or needed.
Origin of desideratum
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin, noun use of neuter past participle of dēsīderāre; see desiderate

desiderata

[dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-] /dɪˌsɪd əˈreɪ tə, -ˈrɑ-, -ˌzɪd-/
plural noun, singular desideratum.
1.
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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desideratum

/dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtəm/
noun (pl) -ta (-tə)
1.
something lacked and wanted
Word Origin
C17: from Latin; see desiderate

desiderata

/dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtə/
noun
1.
the plural of desideratum
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Word Origin and History for desideratum
n.

"something lacking," see desiderata.

desiderata

n.

plural of desideratum (1650s), from Latin, literally "something for which desire is felt," from past participle stem of desiderare "to long for" (see desire).

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