Definitions for uranianyʊˈreɪ ni ən, -ˈreɪn yən
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U•ra•ni•anyʊˈreɪ ni ən, -ˈreɪn yən(adj.)
pertaining to the planet Uranus.
Origin of Uranian:
An inhabitant of the planet Uranus.
A male homosexual.
A 19th century term that referred to a person of a third sex.
Of or relating to a group of German homosexual artists.
Of or relating to the planet Uranus.
Describing minerals containing hexavalent uranium
of or pertaining to the planet Uranus; as, the Uranian year
Uranian is a 19th-century term that referred to a person of a third sex—originally, someone with "a female psyche in a male body" who is sexually attracted to men, and later extended to cover homosexual gender variant females, and a number of other sexual types. It is believed to be an English adaptation of the German word Urning, which was first published by activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs in a series of five booklets which were collected under the title Forschungen über das Räthsel der mannmännlichen Liebe. Ulrich developed his terminology before the first public use of the term "homosexual", which appeared in 1869 in a pamphlet published anonymously by Karl-Maria Kertbeny. The term "Uranian" was quickly adopted by English-language advocates of homosexual emancipation in the Victorian era, such as Edward Carpenter and John Addington Symonds, who used it to describe a comradely love that would bring about true democracy, uniting the "estranged ranks of society" and breaking down class and gender barriers. Oscar Wilde wrote to Robert Ross in an undated letter: "To have altered my life would have been to have admitted that Uranian love is ignoble. I hold it to be noble - more noble than other forms."
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