elemental

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elemental

1. of or relating to atmospheric forces, esp wind, rain, and cold
2. of, relating to, or denoting a chemical element
3. Rare a spirit or force that is said to appear in physical form
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Elementalism is firmly established in our language and when we use words its effects cannot totally be avoided.
The principle of elementalism can be seen at the base of personalized reporting, which often portrays leaders like Bush, Bin Laden, or Saddam Hussein as omnipotent, standing above society with the power to manipulate it without restraint.
Johnson states, "The verbal ineptitude of people in quandaries is to be observed in extremes of verbal output; in dead-level abstracting; and in the elementalism, the absolutism, and the either-orishness of the structure of the language they employ.