Definitions of visitation

  1. The object of a visit.
  2. 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.
  3. Special dispensation; communication of divine favor and goodness, or, more usually, of divine wrath and vengeance; retributive calamity; retribution; judgment.
  4. A festival in honor of the visit of the Virgin Mary to Elisabeth, mother of John the Baptist, celebrated on the second of July.
  5. The act of going or coming to see; a lengthy or tiresome visit; a special dealing out of divine punishment or reward.
  6. Act of visiting: examination by authority: retribution.
  7. Act of visiting; examination; infliction.
  8. The act or fact of visiting; a visit.
  9. An official inspection.
  10. A divine dispensation.
  11. Visitor.
  12. The act of visiting; a formal visit on the part of a superior or superintending officer to a corporation, college, church, or other house, to examine into the manner in which it is conducted; the sending of afflictions and distresses on men to punish them for their sins; exhibition of Divine goodness and mercy; a church festival in honour of the visit of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth.
  13. State of being visited; an official visit to, and inspection of, an hospital, & c.; infliction of good or evil; state of suffering judicial evil.
  14. Visitorial.