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Potemkin village

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noun Po·tem·kin village \pə-ˈtem(p)-kən-\

Definition of Potemkin village

  1. :  an impressive facade or show designed to hide an undesirable fact or condition



Origin of potemkin village

Grigori Potëmkin, who supposedly built impressive fake villages along a route Catherine the Great was to travel


First Known Use: 1937


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