from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Behaving like a fashion-monger.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Setting or following the fashion; foppish.
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I think the book could open eyes beyond just those of people interested in the Indian Rebellion, people looking for more searching examination of colonial powers' actions, but without the vacuous intellectual fashion-mongering to which Dalrymple alludes in his introduction.