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visitation

[viz-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌvɪz ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of visiting.
2.
a formal visit, as one permitted by a court's granting of visitation rights or by parents invited to a school to observe the work of students.
3.
a visit for the purpose of making an official examination or inspection, as of a bishop to a diocese.
4.
(usually initial capital letter) the visit of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. Luke 1:36–56.
5.
(initial capital letter) a church festival, held on July 2, in commemoration of this visit.
6.
the administration of comfort or aid, or of affliction or punishment:
a visitation of the plague.
7.
an affliction or punishment, as from God.
8.
the appearance or coming of a supernatural influence or spirit.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; < Latin vīsitātiōn- (stem of vīsitātiō), equivalent to vīsitāt(us) (past participle of vīsitāre; see visit, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English visitacioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related forms
visitational, adjective
intervisitation, noun
revisitation, noun
Can be confused
visit, visitation.
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visitation

/ˌvɪzɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
an official call or visit for the purpose of inspecting or examining an institution, esp such a visit made by a bishop to his diocese
2.
a visiting of punishment or reward from heaven
3.
any disaster or catastrophe: a visitation of the plague
4.
an appearance or arrival of a supernatural being
5.
any call or visit
6.
(informal) an unduly prolonged social call
Derived Forms
visitational, adjective

Visitation

/ˌvɪzɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
  1. the visit made by the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth (Luke 1:39–56)
  2. the Church festival commemorating this, held on July 2
2.
a religious order of nuns, the Order of the Visitation, founded in 1610 by St Francis of Sales and dedicated to contemplation and the cultivation of humility, gentleness, and sisterly love
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Word Origin and History for re-visitation

visitation

n.

c.1300, "a visit by an ecclesiastical representative to examine the condition of a parish, abbey, etc.," from Latin visitationem (nominative visitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of visitare (see visit). The supernatural sense of "a sight, appearance" is attested from mid-14c.

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