omphaloskepsis

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

noun

  1. contemplation of one's navel as part of a mystical exercise.
  2. navel-gazing.

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Origin of omphaloskepsis

First recorded in 1925–30; omphalo(s) + Greek sképsis “observation, perception,” equivalent to skep- (stem of sképtesthai “to observe, examine”); see origin at skeptic, -sis
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