the yin and yang

Definition of the yin and yang

chiefly US
:the two opposite sides or parts of something
  • learning about the yin and yang of politics

Word by Word Definitions

yin play
  1. : the feminine passive principle in nature that in Chinese cosmology is exhibited in darkness, cold, or wetness and that combines with yang to produce all that comes to be

yang play
  1. : the masculine active principle in nature that in Chinese cosmology is exhibited in light, heat, or dryness and that combines with yin to produce all that comes to be


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