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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.

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    Could you add a bit context(where you have seen it)? – dan Oct 31 '19 at 4:25
  • 她们修炼的都是紫霞神功,武技为云步,乱云九式,和飘云十八式。I’ve read somewhere it means footwork, not sure need some clarification. – Sam Oct 31 '19 at 4:36
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    神功 can be taken as 神妙的武功. 神妙: wonderful; marvellous; ingenious; 武功: martial technique. 紫霞神功 is a very famous martial technique created by the famous novelist 金庸 in his novel. – dan Oct 31 '19 at 4:46
  • it is just a variant of magic. – Daniel Yeung Nov 7 '19 at 9:20
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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

  • Thanks for the replies everyone! – Sam Oct 31 '19 at 4:59
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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! )

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