• (British) IPA: /ˈmɪskaɹɪdʒ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈmɪs.kæɹ.ədʒ/, /ˈmɪs.kɛɹ.ədʒ/


  1. (now rare except in miscarriage of justice) A failure; a mistake or error. [from 16th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ii:
      for feare least blame / Of her miscarriage should in her be fond, / She wist not how t'amend, nor how it to withstond.
  2. The spontaneous natural termination of a pregnancy, especially before it is viable; the fatal expulsion of a foetus from the womb before term. [from 17th c.]
Synonyms Translations
  • French: fausse couche
  • German: Fehlgeburt
  • Italian: aborto
  • Portuguese: aborto espontâneo
  • Russian: вы́кидыш
  • Spanish: aborto espontáneo, aborto natural

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