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Explanation: Someone who is HARRIED, or stressed, by definition lacks EQUANIMITY, or serenity. Likewise, someone who is DISSOLUTE, meaning lacking moral restraint, by definition lacks MODERATION.
Explanation: Laconic is characterized by a lack of words, and parched is characterized by a lack of moisture.
Explanation: Wheat is an antonym of chaff, and quality is an antonym of inadequacy.
Explanation: A cushion is a part of a sofa, and a shelf is part of a bookcase.
Explanation: Mean is a synonym for average, and kind is a synonym for variety.
Explanation: Aesop is known for writing fables, and Homer is known for writing epics.
Explanation: To outrage is more intense than to peeve, and to strive is more intense than to attempt.
Explanation: To slight causes hurt, and to lag causes tardiness.
Explanation: Furtive is more intensely secret, and resonant is more intensely audible.
Explanation: Privy is sharing in a secret, and sympathetic is sharing in grief.