in Chinese philosophy, the passive, negative, feminine force or principle in the universe, both contrasted with and complementary to the yang
Origin of yinMandarin yin, female, night, lunar
The passive, female cosmic principle in Chinese dualistic philosophy.
Origin of yinMandarin yīn, moon, shade, yin, from Middle Chinese &qnodot;im, ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *rum, shade; akin to Tibetan rum, dark.
yin (black) and yang (white) symbol
- The essential female principle in some Eastern religions and philosophies.
From Chinese trad. 陰, simpl. 阴 (pinyin: yīn)