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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
He was jailed on charges of misdemeanor domestic-violence, possession of drug paraphernalia and using a false identity.
Drugs Hasten Morgan, 37, of the 1800 block of Bristol Walk, Hoffman Estates, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on the shoulder at 8:11 a.m. Sept. 5 at Route 83 and North Avenue.
More: Upton became a fixture at games Verlander pitched, whether at Comerica Park or on the road, wearing Tigers paraphernalia.
Ward was arrested on a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia.
The District Court dismissed the 2013 charges after noting that deputies found no evidence of packaging, scales, money or paraphernalia used for smoking marijuana.
Police cited a Houston man, 44, for possession of drug paraphernalia Oct. 10 in the 11200 block of Broadway Street.
Possession of Paraphernalia 1200 block of Palmetto Park Road, Oct. 2, 2:32 a.m. Someone was arrested for possession of paraphernalia.
But for those who grew up eagerly awaiting their Hogwarts letter in the mail each year — to no avail — this particular piece of film paraphernalia might just be priceless.
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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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