Definitions for: Visitation

[n] an official visit for inspection or supervision; "the commissioner made visitations to all the precinct stations"; "the recent visitation of the bishop to his diocese"
[n] any disaster or catastrophe; "a visitation of the plague"
[n] an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event; "his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him"; "life is full of tribulations"; "a visitation of the plague"

Webster (1913) Definition: Vis`it*a"tion, n. [L. visitatio: cf. F.
1. The act of visiting, or the state of being visited; access
for inspection or examination.

Nothing but peace and gentle visitation. --Shak.

2. Specifically: The act of a superior or superintending
officer who, in the discharge of his office, visits a
corporation, college, etc., to examine into the manner in
which it is conducted, and see that its laws and
regulations are duly observed and executed; as, the
visitation of a diocese by a bishop.

3. The object of a visit. [Obs.] ``O flowers, . . . my early
visitation and my last.'' --Milton.

4. (Internat. Law) The act of a naval commander who visits,
or enters on board, a vessel belonging to another nation,
for the purpose of ascertaining her character and object,
but without claiming or exercising a right of searching
the vessel. It is, however, usually coupled with the right
of search (see under Search), visitation being used for
the purpose of search.

5. Special dispensation; communication of divine favor and
goodness, or, more usually, of divine wrath and vengeance;
retributive calamity; retribution; judgment.

What will ye do in the day of visitation? --Isa. x.

6. (Eccl.) A festival in honor of the visit of the Virgin
Mary to Elisabeth, mother of John the Baptist, celebrated
on the second of July.

The Order of the Visitation of Our Lady (R. C. Ch.), a
religious community of nuns, founded at Annecy, in Savoy,
in 1610, and in 1808 established in the United States. In
America these nuns are devoted to the education of girls.

Synonyms: trial, tribulation

See Also: affliction, calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster, fire, tragedy, visit

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