Potëmkin

[ poh-tem-kin, puh-; Russian puh-tyawm-kyin ]
/ poʊˈtɛm kɪn, pə-; Russian pʌˈtyɔm kyɪn /

noun

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.

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Potemkin

Potyomkin

/ (pɒˈtɛmkɪn, Russian paˈtjɔmkin) /

noun

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
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