omphaloskepsis

[ om-fuh-loh-skep-sis ]
/ ˌɒm fə loʊˈskɛp sɪs /

noun

contemplation of one's navel as part of a mystical exercise.

Nearby words

  1. omphalorrhagia,
  2. omphalorrhea,
  3. omphalorrhexis,
  4. omphalos,
  5. omphalosite,
  6. omphalospinous,
  7. omphalotomy,
  8. omri,
  9. oms,
  10. omsk

Origin of omphaloskepsis

< Greek omphal(ós) omphalos + -o- -o- + sképsis act of looking

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Word Origin and History for omphaloskepsis

omphaloskepsis

n.

1925, from omphalo- + Greek -skepsis, from skeptesthai "to reflect, look, view" (see scope (n.1)). Also omphaloscopy (1931), and used in the sense of "navel-gazer" were omphalopsychic (1892), omphalopsychite (1882).

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