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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 also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers are seeking charges against a man for battery, disorderly conduct, possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ashley Scarbrough, 21, of Ponchatoula, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Misdemeanor counts include reckless driving; possession of paraphernalia; and never having a license, according to a news release from the Porter County Sheriff's Department.
He was arrested on suspicion of fraudulent use of credit cards, being a felon in possession of pepper spray and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the news release.
Ignont was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was then charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Cabral was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of hydromorphone and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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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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