yin

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noun \ˈyin\

Definition of yin

  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

Origin and Etymology of yin

Chinese (Beijing) yīn


First Known Use: 1671



YIN Defined for English Language Learners

yin

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noun \ˈyin\

Definition of yin for English Language Learners

  • in Chinese philosophy : one of the two forces that together form everything that exists : the female principle of the universe that is considered dark and passive and is associated with earth



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