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visitation

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. an appearance or arrival of a supernatural being

Visitation

1. 
a. the visit made by the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth (Luke 1:39--56)
b. the Church festival commemorating this, held on July 2
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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