But the slog to November 6th has been dispiriting and enervating enough to put many of us in touch with our inner 4-year-old.
Perhaps even the indefatigable John Kerry might be discouraged from more futile and dispiriting peace talks.
It makes for disturbing and dispiriting but essential and educational reading.
The most dispiriting thing, he told me, was that it wasn't even possible to know whether he was in compliance.
When he went to West Point and made speeches, there was no dispiriting nuance to his message to the troops.
For three weary, discouraging days they pressed onward through the dispiriting rain and over all the exhausting obstacles.
It was two hours before he returned, and the news he brought was dispiriting.
The doors necessarily stood open a great deal, the rooms grew very cold, everything was comfortless and dispiriting.
Not sad or dispiriting by any means, but briskly enlivening was their lay.
Horrible is the battle, but more horrible by far is the dispiriting agony of the retreat.