from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Potemkin, Grigori Aleksandrovich 1739-1791. Russian army officer and politician. The lover of Catherine II, he helped her seize power in 1762.
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- n. a Russian officer and politician who was a favorite of Catherine II and in 1762 helped her to seize power; when she visited the Crimea in 1787 he gave the order for sham villages to be built (1739-1791)
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