: 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

Examples of yin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sharp black triangles of their dorsal fins felt like the yin to the yang of the white sails dotting the sound. Jesse Ashlock, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 May 2024 Pedro Sanchez, Napoleon Dynamite (2004) Sidekick to: Napoleon Dynamite An odd man out in an Idaho high school, Pedro (Efren Ramirez) is the cool yin to Napoleon's (Jon Heder) tempestuous yang. Ew Staff Updated, EW.com, 6 Mar. 2024 The combination allows for perfect harmony between the dragon, associated with the active, masculine principle of yang, and the phoenix, linked to the passive, female principle of yin. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 This applies to all connections where someone can act as the yin to your yang — friendships, relationships, business partnerships, even familial bonds. Tarot.com, Hartford Courant, 5 Jan. 2024 Look, these are difficult balancing acts, and the yin and the yang of this is that there's some degree of trade-off between wages and jobs. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 3 Oct. 2023 Giorgio Armani himself designed the tapestries, textiles and hand-selected the furnishings, and the result is an extreme yin to Porsche’s yang. Debra Kamin, New York Times, 15 Sep. 2023 Last year’s The Loneliest Time also has its own yin to its yang: The Loveliest Time, out July 28th. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 19 July 2023 Instead, however, much like sometimes-fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama, a darker pigmentation coming from his father marked him out as the yin to White’s yang. Matt Thompson, SPIN, 1 May 2023

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Word History


Chinese (Beijing) yīn

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yin was in 1671

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“Yin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yin. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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