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Potemkin1 US English

A battleship whose crew mutinied during the Russian Revolution of 1905 when in the Black Sea, bombarding Odessa before seeking asylum in Romania. The incident persuaded the tsar to agree to a measure of reform

Potemkin2 US English

Having a false or deceptive appearance, especially one presented for the purpose of propaganda

Potemkin village US English

Any of the sham villages said to have been built by Potemkin to give a false impression of prosperity in the Crimea, in advance of Catherine II's visit in 1787. Chiefly figurative.