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Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Definitions for desideratum

  1. Something desired or considered necessary.

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Citations for desideratum
No one in Berkeley -- at least, no one I consorted with -- thought art was for sissies, or that a pensionable job was the highest desideratum. John Banville, Irish Times
Immense wealth, and its lavish expenditure, fill the great house with all that can please the eye, or tempt the taste. Here, appetite, not food, is the great desideratum. Frederick Douglass, My Bondage, My Freedom
Origin of desideratum
Desideratum is from Latin desideratum, "a thing desired," from desiderare, "to desire."