desideratum [di sid′ə rät′əm, -zid′-; -rāt′-]
The definition of a desideratum is a wish or desire.noun
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noun pl. desiderata
something needed and wanted
L, neut. of desideratus: see desiderate
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noun pl. de·sid·er·a·ta
Something considered necessary or highly desirable: “The point is not that the artist has ‘penetrated the character’ of his sitter, that commonplace desideratum of portraiture” (Robert Hughes).
Origin: Latin dēsīderātum, from neuter past participle of dēsīderāre, to desire; see desire.