The Armenian massacres should absolutely be considered genocide. It is not on the scale of what the American Indians saw in North America, but it was still genocide nonetheless. We should never paint these pictures any prettier than they should be. These massacres were absolutely horrific and are definitely genocidal.
It has happened many times in history. A certain faction in a country gains absolute power and uses that power to scapegoat other factions that will probably diminish the ruling power. The word genocide is probably the most vile word in the language. It is the ultimate example of the ability of mankind to act without morals.
It was estimated that over a million people died in this action, to me that is genocide. I don't know what numbers you are looking for to consider it not,but to me this is exactly what should be thought as genocide. It was an awful thing,even though it happened so long ago, it was wrong.
The Armenian massacres should be considered genocide. The total number of people killed as a result has been estimated at between 1 and 1.5 million. It is acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides as scholars point to the organized manner in which the killings were carried out to eliminate the Armenians and it is the second most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust.
Despite Turkey's wishes to cover up the issue, the mass killings of Armenians in the early 20th century fits any definition of genocide. Scholars and governments must show responsibility by not bowing to political and diplomatic pressure from Turkey on this issue. Only when the past is truthfully addressed can humanity move on from such tragedies.