desideratum

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noun de·sid·er·a·tum \di-ˌsi-də-ˈrä-təm, -ˌzi-, -ˈrā-\

Definition of desideratum

plural

desiderata

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  1. :  something desired as essential detached individuality does not seem to be a desideratum of the Vedantic mind — Robert Bierstedt

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Examples of desideratum in a Sentence

  1. a list of political desiderata

Did You Know?

We'd like to introduce you to some close cousins of "desire." All trace their roots to the Latin sider-, meaning "heavenly body." Desiderare, meaning "to long for," was born when Latin de- was prefixed to "sider-." "Desiderare" begat Anglo-French desirer, which in turn brought forth English "desire," "desirous," and "desirable" in the 13th and 14th centuries. But many years later, in the 17th century, English acquired "desideration" ("longing"), "desiderate" ("to wish for"), and finally "desideratum," all of which can lay claim to direct ancestry from "desiderare."

Origin and Etymology of desideratum

Latin, neuter of desideratus —see desiderate


DESIDERATUM Defined for English Language Learners

desideratum

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Definition of desideratum for English Language Learners

  • : something that is needed or wanted


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