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 (dĭ-sĭd′ə-rā′təm, -rä′-)
n. pl. de·sid·er·a·ta (-tə)
Something considered necessary or highly desirable.

[Latin dēsīderātum, from neuter past participle of dēsīderāre, to desire; see desire.]


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


(dɪˌsɪd əˈreɪ təm, -ˈrɑ-, -ˌzɪd-)

n., pl. -ta (-tə).
something wanted or needed.
[1645–55; < Latin, neuter of dēsīderāre]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.desideratum - something desired as a necessity; "the desiderata for a vacation are time and money"
essential, necessary, requisite, necessity, requirement - anything indispensable; "food and shelter are necessities of life"; "the essentials of the good life"; "allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions"; "a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained"


[dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtəm] N (desiderata (pl)) [dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtə]desiderátum m


n pl <desiderata> → Desiderat(um) nt (liter), → Erfordernis nt
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This very curious poem, long a desideratum in Scottish literature,
Let me add that it is the great desideratum by which this form of government can be rescued from the opprobrium under which it has so long labored, and be recommended to the esteem and adoption of mankind.
To accomplish the great desideratum of ærial navigation, it was very generally supposed that some exceedingly complicated application must be made of some unusually profound principle in dynamics.
A collection of specimens of English poetry, for the purpose of exhibiting the achievement of prose excellences by it (in their legitimate measure) is a desideratum we commend to Mr.
Freedom which, as I have pointed out before, Nietzsche considered a dangerous acquisition in inexperienced or unworthy hands, here receives its death-blow as a general desideratum.
If she did not wish to lead a virtuous life, at least she desired to enjoy a character for virtue, and we know that no lady in the genteel world can possess this desideratum, until she has put on a train and feathers and has been presented to her Sovereign at Court.
In 1890 Lasswitz wrote: "A monograph on Gorlaeus and this important decade [1610-20, in which he worked] is a great desideratum.
The second empirical realist desideratum is that mind-independent physical objects are the very objects presented to us in such experiences, which minimally requires conveying a positive conception of the intrinsic character of such objects.
a desideratum for the series in which The Libyan Anarchy has appeared.
Azevedo, Harvard University, "Strategyproofness in the Large as a Desideratum for Market Design"
A principal desideratum of commercial painting being speed of execution, upon their return to Naples, the five painters worked to produce one complete set of the sixteen modules each day, using as their point of departure a reproduction available at the museum.
While the desideratum was a dying person's testimony of faith, the author shows how family members came to interpret silences as pious suffering.