visitation

Use the noun visitation to describe a formal or official visit, like the city health inspector's yearly visitation to your favorite pizza place.

A visitation often includes some kind of evaluation or inspection, or has some other formal aspect. Meeting with a prisoner might be described as a visitation, and the official scheduled time that divorced parents have with their children are also a kind of visitation. Another meaning of the word is "calamity," or "disaster," especially one of Biblical, plague-like proportions: "The town faced a visitation of unbearably hot temperatures for three weeks."

Definitions of visitation
  1. noun
    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”
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    type of:
    visit
    the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time
  2. noun
    any disaster or catastrophe
    “a visitation of the plague”
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    type of:
    calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy
    an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
  3. noun
    an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
    “a visitation of the plague”
    synonyms: trial, tribulation
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    types:
    fire
    a severe trial
    type of:
    affliction
    a cause of great suffering and distress
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