Potemkin village
noun Etymology: Grigori Potëmkin, who supposedly built impressive fake villages along a route Catherine the Great was to travel Date: 1937 an impressive facade or show designed to hide an undesirable fact or condition

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  • Potemkin village — n. [after POTEMKIN Grigori Aleksandrovich, who it is said built fake villages to deceive Catherine the Great about his accomplishments] a false front or facade …   English World dictionary

  • Potemkin village — noun something that seems impressive but in fact lacks substance • Hypernyms: ↑fake, ↑sham, ↑postiche * * * pəˈtem(p)kə̇n noun Usage: usually capitalized P Etymology: after Grigori A. Potemkin died 1791 Russ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Potemkin village — a pretentiously showy or imposing façade intended to mask or divert attention from an embarrassing or shabby fact or condition. Also, Potemkin Village. [1935 40; after Prince POTËMKIN, who allegedly had villages of cardboard constructed for… …   Universalium

  • Potemkin village — noun Any false construct devised to disguise a shortcoming or improve appearances …   Wiktionary

  • Potemkin — can refer to:;People * Prince Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin, statesman and lover of Catherine the Great * Pavel Potemkin, a Russian diplomat and military leader, cousin of Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin * Pyotr Potemkin, a Russian diplomat and …   Wikipedia

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  • Potemkin, Grigory Aleksandrovich, Prince Tavrichesky, Imperial Prince — ▪ Russian statesman born Sept. 13 [Sept. 24, New Style], 1739, Chizovo, Russia died Oct. 5 [Oct. 16], 1791, near Iaşi [now in Romania]  Russian army officer and statesman, for two years Empress Catherine II s (Catherine II) lover and for 17 years …   Universalium

  • Potemkin (architecture) — Potemkin is a steel made architectural park by Casagrande Rintala for Kuramata village in Japan 2003. A steel made mix between a temple and machine. [ [http://www.arch.tku.edu.tw/teacher/marco/index.htm] Tamkang University: 卡馬可 Marco Casagrande… …   Wikipedia

  • Po|tem|kin Village — «poh TEHM kihn», a false facade intended to cover up a bad situation or activity: »The Party s myth of a bright future might seem to Russian poets like the biggest Potemkin Village of them all (New Yorker). ╂[< Prince Grigori Potemkin, 1739… …   Useful english dictionary

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