Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
The survey or inspection performed by a bishop in his diocess, to examine into the state of the church. In a divine or spiritual sense, it is taken either for a communication of divine love, or for any calamity affecting a nation.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Visitation'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/v/visitation.html. 1802.