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 (pō-tĕm′kĭn, pə-, pə-tyôm′-), Grigori Aleksandrovich 1739-1791.
Russian army officer and politician. The lover of Catherine the Great, he helped her seize power in 1762.
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(pɒˈtɛmkɪn; Russian paˈtjɔmkin) or


1. (Biography) 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
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) apparently impressive but actually sham or artificial: North Korea's Potemkin hospital.
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(pəˈtɛm kɪn, -ˈtyɔm-)

Prince Grigori Aleksandrovich, 1739–91, Russian statesman.
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Noun1.Potemkin - a Russian officer and politician who was a favorite of Catherine II and in 1762 helped her to seize power; when she visited the Crimea in 1787 he gave the order for sham villages to be built (1739-1791)
military officer, officer - any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command; "an officer is responsible for the lives of his men"
pol, political leader, politico, politician - a person active in party politics
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At 2:00 AM on September 17, 1939, Vladimir Potiomkin, Deputy People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs summoned Waclaw Grzybowski, Polish Ambassador in Moscow, and read him a note of the Soviet Government.
C'e poi La corazzata Potiomkin a cura di Pier Luigi Lanza, trascrizione altrettanto precisa di quelle de Il Poligono.