[viz-i-tey-shuh n]
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  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 of visitation

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 formsvis·it·a·tion·al, adjectivein·ter·vis·it·a·tion, nounre·vis·it·a·tion, noun
Can be confusedvisit visitation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for revisitation

Historical Examples of revisitation

  • And the Concord books—how do they bear the test of revisitation?

    Four Americans

    Henry A. Beers

  • His journeys in the east between the two imprisonments therefore involved something more than the revisitation of former fields.

  • It was with a start of self-rebuke that he confessed to himself that here was the ultimate object of his revisitation.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie

British Dictionary definitions for revisitation


  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 catastrophea 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 Formsvisitational, adjective


    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
  1. 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 revisitation



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper