Definition of yin
: 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
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In a rare display of perfect yin and yang, every single rumor uttered in recent months has produced its equal and opposite anti-rumor.
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Origin and Etymology of yin
Chinese (Beijing) yīn
First Known Use: 1671
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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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