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Potemkin village

Definitions

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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

Etymologies

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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.

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