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A "Lion's Mouth" postbox for anonymous denunciations at Doge's Palace in Venice. Text translation: "Secret denunciations against anyone who will conceal favors and services or will collude to hide the true revenue from them".

Denunciation (from Latin denuntiare, to denounce) is an open public accusation or reporting a person or a group of persons to public authorities, often done anonymously for low political or personal motives, on which the informant has a personal interest or hopes to gain personal benefits.

A person who denounces can be called denouncer, informer, informant or by various legal and slang terms, such as snitch.

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