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

Nothing but peace and gentle visitation. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. The object of a visit. [Obs.] ``O flowers, . . . my early visitation and my last.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. Special dispensation; communication of divine favor and goodness, or, more usually, of divine wrath and vengeance; retributive calamity; retribution; judgment. [1913 Webster]

What will ye do in the day of visitation? --Isa. x. 3. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Visitation — (lat. visitare „besuchen“) heißt in vielen Gerichts , Kirchen und Ordensverfassungen der Besuch eines Oberen mit Aufsichtsbefugnis zum Zweck der Bestandsaufnahme und Normenkontrolle. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Römisch katholische Kirche 1.1… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • visitation — [ vizitasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1611; « visite » XIIe; lat. ecclés. visitatio ♦ Relig. cathol. Visite que fit la Sainte Vierge à sainte Élisabeth, alors enceinte de saint Jean Baptiste; fête commémorant cet événement (le 31 mai). Par ext. Tableau… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Visitation — may refer to: In law:* In United States Law, the term for the right of a non custodial parent to visit with their children, elsewhere known as Contact (law)* An official visit, usually for purposes of inspection, and the record of that visit.… …   Wikipedia

  • visitation — vis·i·ta·tion /ˌvi zə tā shən/ n 1: an official visit (as for inspection) visitation of the home of a neglected child 2: access to a child granted esp. to a parent who does not have custody supervised visitation visitation rights …   Law dictionary

  • visitation — Visitation. s. f. v. Il n est en usage qu en cette phrase. La visitation de la Vierge. la feste de la visitation, Instituée en memoire de ce que la sainte Vierge visita sainte Elisabeth sa cousine. Il y a un Ordre de Religieuses qu on appelle l… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • visitation — once a formal word for visit, is now largely confined to special meanings such as official visits of inspection and an affliction attributed to some supernatural agency or other. In AmE visitation also refers to the right granted by a court to a… …   Modern English usage

  • visitation — Visitation, Visitatio. Hantement de gens, ou visitation et assemblement d hommes, Congresþsus …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • visitation — ► NOUN 1) an official or formal visit. 2) the appearance of a divine or supernatural being. 3) US Law a divorced person s right to spend time with their children in the custody of a former spouse. 4) a disaster or difficulty regarded as a divine… …   English terms dictionary

  • visitation — [viz΄ə tā′shən] n. [OFr < L visitatio] 1. the act or an instance of visiting; esp., an official visit to inspect or examine, as that made by a bishop to a church in his diocese 2. a visiting of reward or, esp., punishment, as by God 3. any… …   English World dictionary

  • Visitation — (v. lat.), 1) die genaue Untersuchung einer Sache od. Person, daher z.B. die Untersuchung, welche mit der Person eines Gefangenen bei dessen Einlieferung in ein Gefangenhaus stattfindet, od. die Untersuchung aller verdächtiger Orte u. Gegenstände …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”