[mis-kar-ij; for 1 also mis-kar-ij]
the expulsion of a fetus before it is viable, especially between the third and seventh months of pregnancy; spontaneous abortion. Compare abortion ( def 1 ).
failure to attain the just, right, or desired result: a miscarriage of justice.
failure of something sent, as a letter, to reach its destination.
Chiefly British. transportation of goods not in accordance with the contract of shipment.

1605–15; mis-1 + carriage

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miscarriage (mɪsˈkærɪdʒ)
1.  spontaneous expulsion of a fetus from the womb, esp prior to the 20th week of pregnancy
2.  an act of mismanagement or failure: a miscarriage of justice
3.  (Brit) the failure of freight to reach its destination

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1660s, from miscarry (q.v.); miscarriage of justice is from 1875.
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miscarriage mis·car·riage (mĭs'kār'ĭj, mĭs-kār'-)
Premature expulsion of a nonviable fetus, especially before the middle of the second trimester of gestation; spontaneous abortion.

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miscarriage   (mĭs'kār'ĭj)  Pronunciation Key 
The premature, spontaneous expulsion of the products of pregnancy from the uterus, usually in the first trimester. Also called spontaneous abortion.
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miscarriage [(mis-kar-ij, mis-kar-ij)]

A spontaneous and premature expulsion of an embryo or fetus from the uterus before it is capable of surviving on its own.

Note: Generally, a miscarriage is a failure to achieve a desired end, as in a miscarriage of justice.
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Example sentences
The despots turned to forced sterilization of poor in a horrible miscarriage of
  population control.
The only cure for this, as for any other miscarriage, is by use to introduce
  the contrary habit.
Endometritis is more likely to occur after miscarriage or childbirth,
  especially after a long labor or c-section.
These bacteria make many animals sick, leading to miscarriage and stillbirth in
  domestic animals.
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