PRONUNCIATION: (ay-di-RAY-shuhn)

MEANING: noun: The act of giving a monetary value to something.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin adaerare (to calculate or estimate), from ad- (to, toward) + aes (copper, brass). Earliest documented use: 1623.

ADORATION - The act of giving a value in gold to something.

ADAGERATION - citing an old folksy saying that overstates its moral

ALE RATION - a reward for soldiers, analogous to a ration of grog in the Navy