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 Ve’nial Sin.Venice of the West. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Venice Glass.
The drinking glasses of the Middle Ages, made at Venice, were said to break into shivers if poison were put into them.   1
Doge. “‘Tis said that our Venetian crystal has
Such pure antipathy to poison, as
To burst, if aught of venom touches it.”
Byron: The Two Foscari, v. 1.
   Venice glass, from its excellency, became a synonym for perfection.   2

 Ve’nial Sin.Venice of the West. 


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