desideratum desideratum


  • (n) something desired as a necessity


  1. But I don't think equal is necessarily a desideratum.
  2. School integration certainly is not the desideratum, the panacea, for America's racial problems that it was once conceived to be.
  3. The desideratum was to heighten not the suspense but the dramatic finality of this achievement by delaying it as long as possible.


  1. Ameritrust Rotunda -- Re-imagining it is an old story: John Vacha

    Purists might quibble about turning the classical structure into a supermarket, where Plain Dealer architecture critic Steven Litt once envisioned a downtown museum. Even he would probably agree, however, that the most important desideratum is that some use be found for the building, writes John Vacha.
    on December 4, 2013     Source: The Sun Press

  2. On the nature of sauce, it's relevance to BBQ, and the best (and only) smoked ribs in La Jolla village.

    If smoky flavor is the sine qua non of barbecued meat, then sauce is the desideratum. Barbecue without sauce is like the ocean without swell: beautiful, but where’s the fun? As much as meat choice, barbecue sauces in the American South adhere to regional varieties.
    on December 3, 2013     Source: San Diego Reader

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  • "In effect, attainment of food security, which has been defined as the availability of guaranteed access to food at affordable prices by all segments of society, particularly vulnerable groups, must be seen as a desideratum of development,"...
    on Oct 15, 2008 By: Olusegun Obasanjo Source: Vanguard

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