Definitions of visitation

  1. 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"
  2. any disaster or catastrophe; " a visitation of the plague"
  3. The object of a visit.
  4. 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.
  6. A festival in honor of the visit of the Virgin Mary to Elisabeth, mother of John the Baptist, celebrated on the second of July.
  7. The act of going or coming to see; a lengthy or tiresome visit; a special dealing out of divine punishment or reward.
  8. Act of visiting: examination by authority: retribution.
  9. Act of visiting; examination; infliction.
  10. The act or fact of visiting; a visit.
  11. An official inspection.
  12. A divine dispensation.
  13. Visitor.
  14. Visitorial.
  15. 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.
  16. State of being visited; an official visit to, and inspection of, an hospital, & c.; infliction of good or evil; state of suffering judicial evil.

Usage examples for visitation

  1. She would fly from me with the most fearful cries, bury her face in her hands, and seem like one oppressed and haunted by a supernatural visitation, as long as I remained in the room; the moment I left her, she began, though slowly, to recover. – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  2. Probably he began by mere artistic appreciation of her personal charms, for she sat to him for the Madonna of the Visitation, which was painted in 1514, two years before their marriage. – Fra Bartolommeo by Leader Scott (Re-Edited By Horace Shipp And Flora Kendrick)
  3. In the glow of Mrs. Westmore's Christmas visitation an athletic club had been formed, and leave obtained to use the Hopewood grounds for Saturday afternoon sports; and thither Amherst continued to conduct the boys after the mills closed at the week- end. – The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton
  4. The dismayed peasant found that a pestilence had begun; a new visitation, not confined to the territory which the enemy had made its own, but extending far and wide, as the atmosphere extends, in all directions. – Callista by John Henry Cardinal Newman
  5. Some of them say also that it is an unworthy thing to drink from a source that another has opened, and that every man ought to find a new spring for himself; so they spend the hour of the visitation, and many more, in searching among the mountains where there is no path." – The Blue Flower, and Others by Henry van Dyke
  6. Dad, he always used to think that the sudden droppin' out of those old races an' the endurin' silence about them was some kind of a visitation. – The Boy With the U. S. Foresters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  7. I wish you to join me in a visitation of some of the military camps in this district. – The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land by Ralph Connor
  8. The worldly man will exhibit equal composure with the Christian; will seem, for the time, to accept the visitation with no less equanimity than the other. – Amusement: A Force in Christian Training by Rev. Marvin R. Vincent.
  9. When he states his intention of seeking the spirit, the parents of the young man order him to fast for three days; then they take away his bow and arrows, and send him far into the woods, the mountains, or the prairies, to wait for the visitation. – Monsieur Violet by Frederick Marryat
  10. One way of reaching the girls is visitation and nursing when they are sick. – The Social Work of the Salvation Army by Edwin Gifford Lamb
  11. Blair and Jean and Kenni- Kenni landed on the latter one day, on one of the regular rounds of visitation, and received the usual expectant welcome from old Maru and Kahili and the rest. – White Fire by John Oxenham
  12. He found " nothing but sweet peace and gentle visitation." – Terre Napoleon A history of French explorations and projects in Australia by Ernest Scott
  13. If Columbus could spare a detachment strong enough to make such a visitation through the land, he could have entertained no doubt of his ability to subdue it. – History of the Buccaneers of America by James Burney
  14. That night I slept well, as one who has heard a pleasant tale, with the murmur of running water woven through my dreams; and the next day I went out early into the streets, for I was curious to see the manner of the visitation of the Source. – The Blue Flower, and Others by Henry van Dyke
  15. So ended the visit, or the visitation. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  16. His bigotry was, at this moment, disturbed by a visitation of that kind. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  17. Commission for visitation of Dunse and Chirnsyde, Ib. – The-Acts-Of-The-General-Assemblies-of-the-Church-of-Scotland by Church of Scotland. General Assembly
  18. Saint Francis intrusted her with the formation of a new religious order- the celebrated Order of the Visitation. – The Friendships of Women by William Rounseville Alger
  19. They told him that he was a young man still, and Providence watched over him; in a year or two he would be all the better for this sad visitation. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore