noun om·pha·lo·skep·sis \ˌäm(p)-fə-lō-ˈskep-səs\

Definition of omphaloskepsis

  1. :  contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation omphaloskepsis practiced by Eastern mystics; also :  navel-gazing a preponderance of emotional self-awareness has sent us sliding dangerously into omphaloskepsis — Fiona McCann

Origin and Etymology of omphaloskepsis

New Latin, from Greek omphalos + skepsis examination — more at spy

First Known Use: 1925

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