What does 神功 shén gōng mean? Most chinese dictionaries say it means miracle; remarkable feat but is that really it? This term is mentioned in a cultivation novel, so I want to know.
there's no such word in English, and it's old word only show on traditional novel
神 god, 功 maybe you may seem as kind of Konfu(功夫)
in old novel, a very mighty Konfu only few people can master it, maybe you can name it as XX神功
just a kidding, if someone is good at cheating, maybe he will tell you "I'll show you my "cheating"神功 on tomorrow exam"
or for Thor, you can name his skill as hammer神功 or lightning神功
神功 translated as "miracle; remarkable feat" is a mistake. The editor just confused 神功 with 神工, as in "鬼斧神工"
"鬼斧神工" (ghost's axe; god's skill) = out-of-worldly skill/ feat
功 in 神功 is referring to "功夫" (kung fu) or "功法" (method/ skill)
神功 literally means "god's method/ skill".
For example: "鐵頭功" simply means "iron head kung fu". To elevate this martial art method, people could add 神 (god like) to its name and call it 鐵頭神功 (it is not just a kung fu of iron head, it is a godly kung fu of iron head! )