om·​pha·​lo·​skep·​sis | \ ˌäm(p)-fə-lō-ˈskep-səs How to pronounce omphaloskepsis (audio) \

Definition of omphaloskepsis

: 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

Examples of omphaloskepsis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an especially gorgeous slow movement, Dudamel revealed Mahler’s ethereal omphaloskepsis as navel gazing with Buddha-level profundity. Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2021 Shivaree, chthonian, erumpent, tintinnabulation, exonumia, requiescat, deipnosophist, omphaloskepsis, horripilation, deliquesce, apopemptic. Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2021 The elite obsession with admissions policies at what are, after all, mostly elite institutions is omphaloskepsis-as-policy: The genuinely downtrodden are not applying to study at Haverford College. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of omphaloskepsis

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for omphaloskepsis

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

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“Omphaloskepsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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