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

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

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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