Potemkin village

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Etymology[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

Potemkin village (plural Potemkin villages)

  1. (idiomatic) Any false construct devised to disguise a shortcoming or improve appearances.

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