Definition of yin in English:



  • (in Chinese philosophy) the passive female principle of the universe, characterized as female and sustaining and associated with earth, dark, and cold.

    Contrasted with yang
    • ‘Like the two halves of the yin and yang, sex and death are inextricably intertwined in the human psyche.’
    • ‘These five elemental phases also correspond to the three yin and the three yang of the universe.’
    • ‘The Tao's all about balancing the yin and the yang, and in this case, it's no surprise a woman saves the day.’
    • ‘Starting in ancient times, the Chinese people began to explain the universe in terms of yin and yang.’
    • ‘When the yin and yang elements in the body are well balanced, the person is in good health and he falls ill when the balance is disrupted.’
    • ‘In this way, the yin and yang provide a guiding metaphor for online learning environment.’
    • ‘When yin and yang are in harmony, chi flows freely within the body and a person is healthy.’
    • ‘Just as the mother archetype corresponds to the Chinese yin, so the father archetype corresponds to the yang.’
    • ‘I needed to balance my yin and yang energies - and, oh yes, get my adrenals working again.’
    • ‘Traditional Chinese philosophy embraced these as yin and yang, each of which contain the seed of the other.’
    • ‘Almost every film made, anywhere in the world, follows the spirit of the yin and the yang.’
    • ‘In general, people have two types of physical condition: either the yin dominates or the yang does.’
    • ‘He followed no strict religious beliefs, yet was quite a student of Lao Tsu and the philosophy of yin and yang.’
    • ‘When yin and yang lose their relative balance and coordination, disease occurs.’
    • ‘Females are yin and males are yang, which means than women have a cool physical condition and men have a hot one.’
    • ‘Male and female, yin and yang, are in a constant cycling between one another.’
    • ‘They still dressed as if the were the reflection of yin and yang, but that had become pure habit by now.’
    • ‘She likes to keep my purse sealed up pretty tight, which is good yin to my yang.’
    • ‘It is their quest to balance themselves, to bring their yin and yang into harmony, that drives the movie.’
    • ‘The yin and yang aspects within an object are not quiescent, but in a state of constant motion.’


From Chinese yīn feminine, moon, shade.