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- n. Any false construct devised to disguise a shortcoming or improve appearances.
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- n. something that seems impressive but in fact lacks substance
Purportedly named for fake settlements erected at the direction of Russian minister Grigori Alexsandrovich Potemkin to fool Empress Catherine II during her visit to Crimea in 1787. (Wiktionary)