[ om-fuh-loh-skep-sis ]
/ ˌɒm fə loʊˈskɛp sɪs /
contemplation of one's navel as part of a mystical exercise.
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Origin of omphaloskepsis
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper