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Examples of paraphernalia in a Sentence
- Mind if we pick through your personal effects? The King of Scrounge, an American serviceman, has crammed his local apartment with enough salvaged paraphernalia to equip a battalion. —Garry Trudeau, New York Times, 25 June 1991
- There were odd knickknacks (strange that the Hebrew naknik should mean sausage)— … shell ashtrays from Brighton, all my stepmother's paraphernalia. —Anthony Burgess, Wilson Quarterly, Spring 1991
- To an Englishman, accustomed to the paraphernalia of Westminster Hall, an American Court of Law is as odd a sight as, I suppose, an English Court of Law would be to an American. Except in the Supreme Court at Washington (where the judges wear a plain black robe), there is no such thing as a wig or gown connected with the administration of justice. —Charles Dickens, American Notes, 1842
Recent Examples of paraphernalia from the Web
University spokesman Chris Cook said campus police made a student welfare Monday evening and, upon entering the room, found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Lawson, who has a lengthy history of arrests of public intoxication, resisting arrest, assault and disorderly conduct, was taken to the Jefferson County Jail on charges of public lewdness, public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The display ends with cases of mobile phones and space paraphernalia, the fruits of one-party rule.
The room was empty when East arrived, and the officer allegedly found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
According to court records, Dunlap was already facing charges for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the time of the baby's death.
In the 1930s, projectile points resembling spearheads and other hunting paraphernalia were found in an archaeological site nearby, dating from around 13,000 years ago.
The commission knows that changes to the EU’s treaties, with all the accompanying paraphernalia of referendums and summitry, are off the table for now.
Each faces possession of meth with intent to sell and possessing drug paraphernalia to transport drugs.
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Did You Know?
In current use, paraphernalia is typically encountered in its "equipment" sense in such contexts as "arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia." But the word hasn't always been used in that way. Originally, paraphernalia was property that a married woman owned herself-as opposed to her husband's property or the dowry she brought to the marriage. Paraphernalia came to English, via Medieval Latin, from Greek parapherna, meaning "bride's property beyond her dowry" (from para-, meaning "beyond," and phernē, meaning "dowry"). Although paraphernalia was plural in Medieval Latin, it can take either a singular or plural verb in English.
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