- Prince Gri·go·ri A·le·ksan·dro·vich [gri-gawr-ee al-ig-zan-druh-vich, -zahn-; Russian gryi-gaw-ryee uh-lyi-ksahn-druh-vyich] /grɪˈgɔr i ˌæl ɪgˈzæn drə vɪtʃ, -ˈzɑn-; Russian gryɪˈgɔ ryi ʌ lyɪˈksɑn drə vyɪtʃ/, 1739–91, Russian statesman and favorite of Catherine II.
Examples from the Web for potemkin
Potemkin distillers are going to have all the juice they need for years to come.Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana
July 28, 2014
It's as Potemkin Village-ish a piece of journalistic writing as I've seen in a long time.The Des Moines Register's Practical Joke
October 28, 2012
No one outside Limbaughland or Trumpville, Potemkin villages where no one will vote for Obama anyway, credited the humbug.Robert Shrum on the Vice Presidential Debate: Biden’s Win Was a Big F@$&ing Deal
October 12, 2012
The lobbyist-journalist-politician scandal has dynamited the Potemkin village that is Indian journalism.The Fall of India's Katie Couric?
November 30, 2010
It was a Potemkin Village of technology, camera-ready but a long way short of leaving the ground.Is Boeing's New Plane Safe?
June 23, 2009
He recalled all the words spoken at that first meeting with Potemkin.War and Peace
It cost the empire dearly, but Potemkin's purpose was achieved.Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)
Potemkin, your invincible feeder, will back you to the last.'Rowlandson the Caricaturist. First Volume
The name of the typewriter who set up the first word of freedom was Potemkin!Tales From Jkai
The name of the typesetter who set up the first word of freedom was Potemkin.Eyes Like the Sea
- Grigori Aleksandrovich (ɡriˈɡɔrij alɪkˈsandrəvitʃ). 1739–91, Russian soldier and statesman; lover of Catherine II, whose favourite he remained until his death, and who is reputed to have erected sham villages along the route of the Empress's 1787 tour of the Crimea
- apparently impressive but actually sham or artificialNorth Korea's Potemkin hospital
Word Origin and History for potemkin
in reference to Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin (1739-1791), favorite of Catherine II of Russia, especially in reference to the sham villages supposedly erected under his orders for the empress’ tour of Crimea (1787) to create an impression of prosperity and progress. The silent film "Battleship Potemkin" dates from 1925, depicting (with elaboration) events of 1905 and the mutiny of a Russian battleship named for the Tsarist minister.