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Word of the Day 02/11/16 Desiderata

Desiderata (noun)
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.

Synonyms
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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