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De’mas (governor of the people), most probably a contraction from Demetrius, or perhaps from Demarchus, a companion of St. Paul, Phm. 24; Col. 4:14, during his first imprisonment at Rome. (b.c. 57.) At a later period, 2 Tim. 4:10, we find him mentioned as having deserted the apostle through love of this present world, and gone to Thessalonica.