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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  • Mr. Medvedev himself has expressed disdain for the political showcases known as Potemkin villages, after the fake settlements erected by the minister Grigory Potemkin to ingratiate himself with Catherine the Great.

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  • "There's really a kind of Potemkin village quality to the tolerance and acceptance" of gay people in America, said Clarence Patton, a spokesman for the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project.

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