Thursday, June 17, 2004
Potemkin village noun [puh-TEM(P)-kin] An impressive facade or display that hides an undesirable fact or state; a false front.
Definitions for Potemkin village
- An impressive facade or display that hides an undesirable fact or state; a false front.
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Citations for Potemkin village
When will the West have the guts to call Russia what it really is: a semi-totalitarian state with Potemkin village-style democratic institutions and a fascist-capitalist economy?
It's a lie, a huge Potemkin village designed to give North Korea the appearance of modernity.
Origin of Potemkin village
A Potemkin village is so called after Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin, who had elaborate fake villages built in order to impress Catherine the Great on her tours of the Ukraine and the Crimea in the 18th century.