Etymology
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visitation (n.)

c. 1300, "a visit by an ecclesiastical representative to examine the condition of a parish, abbey, etc.," from Anglo-French visitacioun, Old French visitacion and directly from Latin visitationem (nominative visitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of visitare (see visit (v.)). The supernatural sense of "a sight, apparition, a coming of God to a mortal" is attested from mid-14c.

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Definitions of visitation

visitation (n.)
an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event;
a visitation of the plague
Synonyms: trial / tribulation
visitation (n.)
any disaster or catastrophe;
a visitation of the plague
visitation (n.)
an official visit for inspection or supervision;
the recent visitation of the bishop to his diocese
the commissioner made visitations to all the precinct stations
From wordnet.princeton.edu