desiderata [dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-]
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.
essentials, necessities, requisites, sine qua nons.
desideratum [dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh m, -rah-, -zid-]
noun, plural desiderata [dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-]
1. something wanted or needed.
Origin: 1645-55; < Latin, noun use of neuter past participle of dēsīderāre; see desiderate
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