(4) A number of writers who

A number of writers who once greatly disparaged the literary critic have recently recanted, substituting disparaged for their former criticism.
What is the meaning of the above sentence?

Hi Sujon1,

The sentence doesn’t make sense to me with the second use of ‘disparaged’ in it. Are you sure you wrote it exactly the same way you found it?

If you replace the second ‘disparaged’ with something such as ‘praise’, then the sentence would mean this:

- A number of writers said very negative things about the literary critic. However, they later decided they should not have criticized the literary critic, so they replaced their negative comments with positive ones.

[size=75]“We disparage reason. But all the time it’s what we’re most concerned with.” ~ Robert Frost