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Pronunciation:  `vizi'teyshun

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  1. [n]  an official visit for inspection or supervision; "the commissioner made visitations to all the precinct stations"; "the recent visitation of the bishop to his diocese"
  2. [n]  any disaster or catastrophe; "a visitation of the plague"
  3. [n]  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"

VISITATION is a 10 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: trial, tribulation
 See Also: affliction, calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster, fire, tragedy, visit



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

         Nothing but peace and gentle visitation. --Shak.

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.

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

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.

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

         What will ye do in the day of visitation? --Isa. x.

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.

{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.