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Unfairly punish small boys: one’s contrite, finally (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

victimise

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Here is my best explanation:

'unfairly punish' is the definition.

'small boys one's contrite finally' is the wordplay.
'small boys' becomes 'victim' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'one's' becomes 'is' (Roman numeral).
'finally' indicates one should take the final letters.
The final letter of 'contrite' is 'e'.
'victim'+'is'+'e'='VICTIMISE'

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for victimise that I've seen before include "Punish unjustly", "Single out unfairly" and "Bully".)

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