[viz-i-tey-shuh n]


Nearby words

  1. visionary,
  2. visioned,
  3. visit,
  4. visitable,
  5. visitant,
  6. visitation rights,
  7. visitatorial,
  8. visiting card,
  9. visiting fireman,
  10. visiting nurse

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 visitation

British Dictionary definitions for visitation



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
a visiting of punishment or reward from heaven
any disaster or catastrophea visitation of the plague
an appearance or arrival of a supernatural being
any call or visit
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
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 visitation



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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