yin and yang


: opposite sides, elements, or extremes
the daily yin and yang of the campaignSteve Lopez

Examples of yin and yang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its technicians, known as onmyōji – yin and yang masters – were in charge of divination and fortunetelling. Alessandro Poletto, The Conversation, 1 Mar. 2024 With new technology, there is always a yin and yang. Jason Parham, WIRED, 20 Mar. 2024 The Kung Fu Panda films are like a neon sign of a yin and yang, a fragile balance of philosophy and fat jokes. Amy Nicholson, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2024 In traditional Chinese medicine, pregnancy and childbirth throws off the body’s yin and yang (or cold and heat) so the diet must correct this. Hetty Lui McKinnon, Bon Appétit, 19 Feb. 2024 The twelve signs are said to alternate in a yin and yang sequence, depending on whether the animal has an odd or even number of claws, hooves, or feet. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Jan. 2024 With those three together, there is the defensive yin and yang of Adebayo and Butler. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 2 Jan. 2024 Our vision is to create timeless, versatile items with an edge while simultaneously playing with the balance and weight of the collection using the concepts of yin and yang: the earthy and the heavenly principles, the light and the dark; the cold and the warm; the passive and the active. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 21 Nov. 2023 These two songs that are coming out this weekend are very yin and yang. Chris Willman, Variety, 29 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of yin and yang was in 1848

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“Yin and yang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yin%20and%20yang. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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